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Rooster or pullet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Alagrace, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2015
    Hi, I have 6 Ameraucana chicks that I am trying to sex. Two of the boys, I knew were roosters at two weeks old. They have bright red combs that are large, and one is already trying to crow now at 5 weeks old. The others are harder for me. I have a feeling they are all roosters, but I am still hoping at least one is a pullet. This first one seems to only have one ridge on the comb, but is developing a bump at the top of its comb that makes me think maybe a later developing rooster?

    Chick #1 6 week old splash





    Chick #2 5 week old splash




    Chick #3 5 week old blue


  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    None are standing out as male yet.
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    For Ameraucanas it is still way too early to tell either way... you can get your early bloomers, like it sounds you did, but most are hard to tell til they get about 10-12 weeks old... then if they're boys, the saddle feathers come in and you can tell easy...
    I've found the 1 row/3 row peas to be unreliable markers for my own Am's, all my pullets started with 3 rows, lol...
  4. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2015
    That is such a relief! Thank you. I was so disappointed to think that all my chicks were roosters!
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    If your birds like to sit on a board or tree limb then the are roosters. Not all chickens like to roost during the day and it's not gender specific though cock birds tend to roost for good vantage point to look out for predators.

    Here's a thread on sexing Easter Eggers via comb, general fairly accurate is 3 grooves on comb is cockerel. Pea comb birds are inherently hard to sex, EE's are easier including feather color.

  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have a bird with a comb like that first bird, with the round bump. My bird is male, but I don't think that spot on the comb was the indicator, it's just unusual. My bird is 3/4 Ameraucana, 1/4 Other, so I just assumed it was from the mixed blood. Not sure you can even see it in the pics I have of him...


  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    Just guessing for the fun of it, thinking that #2 is a pullet, #3 is a cockrel, and #1, I'm leaning towards pullet, but... the coin could land either way on that one.
  8. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2015
    They all have pretty small combs. Non of them seem like cockerels.
  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    Look like pullets, keep us posted. They have pretty coloring.

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