Speckled sussex pullet or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by A roo or two, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are now 8.5-9 weeks old, so no saddle feathers or hackles to go by yet.

    Do you say pullet or roo for this one? All these pics are the same bird. [​IMG]

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  2. Allyhoward18

    Allyhoward18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I don't have an answer for you but I have this exact same problem with my light sussex, they are 12 weeks old, one has a comb like yours but all of the others don't have one at all!! Being 12 weeks old does this make it more likely to be a hen as it doesn't have a wattle or saddle feathers. I'm really stressed because my neighbours didnt want me to have a roo and if this chicken suddenly wakes me up at 4am one morning, I donno what I'm going to do!!! Haha
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a cockerel to me. Pullets don't get quite as large/red a comb and wattles at this age as what your bird has.
     
  4. Allyhoward18

    Allyhoward18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you know when they start to crow?
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It varies with each bird. Some roosters start crowing as young as 4-5 weeks of age. Most begin to crow at 8-10 weeks of age. And rarely (especially with Silkies), some roosters don't crow until they are 5+ months of age.
     
  6. TiaRC

    TiaRC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote cockerel
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd personally guess pullet.

    To answer your other question, it depends on the bird. Some roosters (especially bantams) start early, around 5-8 weeks. Other birds may wait for months before they crow for the first time.
     
  8. Allyhoward18

    Allyhoward18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mines a light sussex 12 weeks old, no wattles but a comb which none of my others have, do some just grow faster than others or may it be a dominance thing ?
     
  9. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a closeup taken this morning.

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    I guess I'm gonna be the one with 4/6 chicks that are roos [​IMG] Oh well, it is what it is. I truly hope that Wyandottes7 is correct.
     
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  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree it's a lot of comb for a pullet of this age, but then again it's not near as red as I'd expect from a cockerel. I'm tentatively saying pullet, but would love to see pics in a few more weeks to see how it turns out!
     

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