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Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Robert Blosl, Oct 7, 2010.
I always know the pullets from the cockerels at 6 weeks old.
Im having the hardest time with these guys. one minute I think I have 6 pullets the next I think I have all cockerels. this is an old photo from about 2 weeks ago, so they would have been 6 weeks old. Mr. Bobby Anderson has already told me he thinks this is a cockerel. Concur?
Tail length is a good early indicator. Last batch, I put a zip tie on all birds with short tails at 4 weeks. 100% correct at 8 weeks for cockerels. That said, the red comb and wattles at 6-8 weeks is a dead give away. Those are the two indicators I use anyhow.
If that is a 6 week old chick, I would say pullet.
See why I am confused? Their combs are all about that size and they have not grown ANY in 2 weeks. They are large fowl single comb. but I thought I imagined some glossy sheen on them this weekend ( first time in sunlight). Confused. And then just when I thought I was getting good at this chicken stuff!!!
I personally go as much if not more on the wattles then combs. Some of my pullets have a little larger comb and no wattle at all and I'm usually right on guessing them. You notice I said usually and guessing. lol
The pullets from these old time Reds don't have very large combs. They won't get bigger until onset of lay.
So if all of them look like this one, you will need a cockerel or two.
same here pullet
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/697052/i-think-i-found-a-miracle-cure-for-feather-picking Go to the end of this thread and read about the bump-a-bits. A Forco dealer in Colorado ordered 500 from the U.K. (minimum order) as that was the only place to get correct size for chickens. The price is very reasonable.