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Sussex chick - any photos to share? I am trying to determine gender..

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by simpleliving, May 11, 2009.

  1. simpleliving

    simpleliving Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone-

    I have photos but left my camera at home, so will have to upload them tonight. In the meantime, does anyone have any photos of their Speckled Sussex older chicks - mine just turned 7 weeks old and I am very suspicious that it is a little roo. He has quite a red comb going on and is a bit agressive. Anyone know if pullets get have crowns at this age?

    Thanks so much!

    Holli
     
  2. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have any 7 week old pictures to compare exactly, but here is a 10 week old picture. This pullet lives across the street. She was mine until she was 3 weeks old, but she belongs to my friend now.

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    The speckled sussex is a real sweet curious pullet, not aggressive at all.

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    She only has minimal comb and wattle development and is still pretty yellow.

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  3. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two I have that are adults were different shades when they were little. I don't have a photo of them, but do remember the roo being lighter in coloration and the hen being very very dark. I have one Speckled Sussex chick in the brooder right now that is light and again is probably a roo. (My luck!) However, I have some coming that I ordered and should be here in the morning. They will all be pullets I hope. Got tired of trying to hatch eggs for good stock and figured I would just mix what I have and enjoy them anyhow. I can post pics when I get time tomorrow. I have to say that the Speckled Sussex have quickly become my favorite.
     
  4. simpleliving

    simpleliving Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks both of you. It is apparent to me now that I have a roo! So sad but he will have to go as we are not allowed to have roos in our neighborhood.

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    Thanks again,

    Holli
     
  5. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that is a roo for sure. Too bad you cannot keep him. I adore our Speckled Sussex Roo. He is just a hatchery bird, but my bud and so sweet! I hope you can find him a good home with someone that apreciates this breed.

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  6. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    CountryMom: That's is handsome rooster!
     
  7. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    Quote:I'm not sure if you want to hear this but that sussex is a rooster
     
  8. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:What about it makes you think it is a cockerel? It is now almost 14 weeks and has changed very little since I took those photos, other than being a little larger. You're are right, my neighbor probably doesn't want to know one of her favorites might be a cockerel. But please let me what know since I guess I have an untrained eye for sexing if you really think that is a cockerel.

    Edited to add the pic that I just went across the street and took. Here it is.
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    Looking at the bird in person, I still would say her comb is generally yellow and the waddles are just a line on her chin.
    I saw no pointy hackle feathers or curved or pointy sickle tail feathers.
     
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  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I guess it is still bugging me about chickenlover54 saying my friend's Speckled Sussex is a rooster. Here are more pictures I took yesterday.
    I think the chicken is now 19 weeks 3 days old. No crowing. I still think it is a pullet. Am I mistaken and this is a cockerel? Really? Can anyone else who has raised these can verify? Thanks.

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  10. crackertrail

    crackertrail Out Of The Brooder

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    I sure hope that is a hen cause I have one that looks exactly the same, also have a roo that is showing his roo feathers.
     

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