Rooster or pullet

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

  1. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    None are standing out as male yet.
     
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/522028/3-grooved-pea-comb-roo-clearer-photos
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    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...

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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    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

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    They all have pretty small combs. Non of them seem like cockerels.
     
  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

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    Look like pullets, keep us posted. They have pretty coloring.
     

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