Silver Laced Wyandotte Pullet or Cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Msfur08, Aug 12, 2019 at 11:19 AM.

  1. Msfur08

    Msfur08 In the Brooder

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    I got a splash bantam Cochin, a red blue laced Wyandotte, and a silver laced Wyandotte. All sold as pullets.

    However, my silver laced seems... a bit more masculine. This one has grown twice as fast as my other Wyandotte, has thicker legs, and it looks like the tail feathers are starting to curve down. The comb and wattle are also darker (and much bigger) already than even some of my older hens.

    This one was a “replacement” after our other silver laced died three days after getting her, so when picking a new one, I picked the one that was hardest to catch because I figured it would be hardier than a calmer one. (We has picked the easiest to catch in our first batch, thinking they would be friendlier, but I’ve since realized even friendly chickens should be weary of strangers - unless they’re sick...) I noticed that for a while, this one liked to “challenge” even my older/bigger hens long after the two that came with him/her had settled in to their places in the flock.

    I have a young blue Ameraucana rooster (from a breeder). He is a bit older than the silver laced. What I have noticed is that of my ten chickens (not counting the 4 one
    month old chicks I have in the brooder), they split into two groups of five. With the five bigger ones going one way and the five smaller ones (including this one) going the other way. This is a relatively recent development as they were all pretty much sticking together. I wonder if the chickens know my silver laced is a roo and have grouped themselves accordingly.

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  2. MadisonOde

    MadisonOde Songster

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    That looks like a cockerel.
     
  3. plum14

    plum14 Chirping

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    Yes I would say that's a roo
     
  4. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    That's a male. The white patch on the wing and the long back feathers are pretty male-specific.
     
  5. Msfur08

    Msfur08 In the Brooder

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    Thanks! That’s what I was suspecting, but just wanted to confirm. Hopefully the two roosters can get along fine since they were raised up together from a young age and they seem to have worked out an agreement already. We will see as they get older.
     
  6. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    I agree, he's definitely a little cockerel. Hopefully a good one :fl
     
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  7. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    For sure a cockerel.
     
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  8. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    White wing bars are a male specific trait. You've got a cockerel there. Vent sexing is only about 80%-90% accurate. So even when buying sexed pullets there is always a chance of getting a cockerel.
     
  9. BaaKaaawk

    BaaKaaawk Previously swordspider

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    99.9% a Roo IMO. Those arrow feathers on the neck and the tail feathers.
     
  10. Msfur08

    Msfur08 In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!

    Ahava has now been renamed “Avshalom”, which means “father of peace”. Here’s hoping
     

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