The age old question.....do I have a cockerel?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by starchicky, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. starchicky

    starchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are my 5 week old Buff Orpington chicks. The one in the foreground has always been a bit bigger and always had a redder comb and waddle skin. When I got them, I had assumed one was slightly older than the other. I really hope it is a hen, I have been making sure to handle them alot and they will sleep in my lap like they are in the picture. I'd hate to have to give it away but I am not allowed any roosters. I have no other observations other than the pink, larger comb. You can see how much smaller and yellow the other's comb is. Time will tell, but what do you think?


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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    At five weeks I would be betting that one is a cockerel.
     
  3. starchicky

    starchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah.....they're combs are so different [​IMG]
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Wait till they feather out. The one with rounded ends to the hackle feathers is a female.
    The one with pointed ends to the hackle feathers is a male.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Given their age and the amount of pink and development in the comb/wattles of the one, yes, I think you have a cockerel on your hands.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I agree with 3riverschick, wait for a bit. Don't go making any conclusions yet.
     

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