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Rooster question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by carajoden, May 5, 2016.

  1. carajoden

    carajoden Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure this has been asked and answered a hundred times but I can't find it, ...I have six chicks the same age (5 weeks) and only one has a red comb. Do they mature at different times, or could I possibly have only one roo?
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes there can be quick maturing pullets, but any red comb before 8+ weeks is most likely a rooster.
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullets do not start to pink up until they are close to laying age, usually sometime between 12 to 18 weeks old. Cockerels will be much more red in the comb, much earlier on.
     
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    Also it depends on the breed.
     
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  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends greatly on breed. Some breeds grow their combs in very early, even the pullets. Most all of the Mediterranean class for instance.
     
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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, but pullets won't start to turn red in the comb until after 10 weeks old, regardless of breed. It's not the size of the comb, it's all about how pink that comb gets, and how early.
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree
     
  8. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not every breed. My cream legbars have the same color comb from an early age. The cockerels are just slightly larger combed as they develop. And years ago I raised white leghorns and they did the same thing.
     
  9. VickisChickis

    VickisChickis Out Of The Brooder

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    So here is a question then: This one came to us as an "Australorp", feathers came in gold. Looks like a black sex-link, (which would make her a her.) However, she has had a red comb from about 4 weeks, now has a red face, including ears and wattles. She is 10 weeks now. What do you guys think? Pullet Black Sex-link? Or Cockerel something else? If you think Cockerel what kind?


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    Ok,here's a question.
     
  10. ChickenLover200

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    Pullet BSL
     

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