Sexing Cochins by sight

greenhousefaerie

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I guess as my first post, I should preface a little. I'm a long time chicken owner, but a brand new chick/duckling mom. I currently have two unsexed Barred Cochin chicks. All my other chicks are female (I mean I hope, mix-ups do happen...).

I know how to sex them but I was looking for advice based on appearance. They're only a little over 3 weeks so it maybe too early but there's never a bad time for advice. :love
 

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oldhenlikesdogs

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Welcome, Cochin roosters will often feather out much slower than the pullets. By 5 weeks they will have pink combs where the pullets will remain orange yellow for a bit longer. So you're are too young to tell for sure, but the lack of feathers on yours would make me suspicious. My 3 week old cochins are much more feathered than yours except my rooster who still has only wing feathers. Watch for pink combs in a couple of weeks to know for sure.
 

greenhousefaerie

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Thank you so much. My other barred cochin is much more feathered than the one in original post.

The first one, Lavender, also seems to have a more pronounce comb (should be the third photo attached)
But I guess I have to keep waiting!
Again, thank you
 

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