Tips on sexing Wyandottes

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jetblack2004, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I hatched some Rhode Island Red x Golden Laced Wyandotte chicks almost 4 weeks ago and I'm pretty sure which are the boys and which are the girls (although some I'm not 100% sure about). I thought that if Golden Laced Wyandotte crosses could be sexed so quickly, why not the purebreds. So for those of you that have Wyandottes or Wyandotte x chicks, I hope this helps you!

    Firstly, I've seen on the internet that they're feathers grow at slower rates. Females grow feathers quicker than males. I personally don't think this is the case. If anything I think the males tail feathers grew quicker.

    A couple of days ago I had a close look at the chicks and most of them are clearly either a cockerel or a pullet.

    This is what made the females obvious:
    • Small, pale comb
    • Tiny wattles, very pale.
    • Smaller head
    • Much lighter than the cockerels
    • Thin legs

    Here are the things that made cockerels obvious-
    • Bigger comb and quite red
    • Small red wattles- although larger than the females'
    • Larger heads than the pullets
    • Quite a lot heavier than the pullets
    • Thick legs


    So far it looks like 10 of my 16 are pullets and 6 are cockerels. 3 of the 10 pullets I'm not 100% sure about yet. Their combs were large like the cockerels but pale like the pullets. They also have bigger wattles than the pullets but smaller wattles than the cockerels. I've counted them as pullets though. Either they are slower developing cockerels or fast developing pullets.

    I hope this page helps Wyandotte keepers that aren't quite sure!

    -Jet
     
  2. LyonsZoo

    LyonsZoo Out Of The Brooder

    I bought this little splash blue laced red wyandotte at 2 months old. Was told it was a pullet. It is now 3 months old. Pullet or roo?[​IMG]
     
  3. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure that's a cockerel.
    -Jet
     
  4. Serenity06

    Serenity06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is definitely a cockerel.
     
  5. LyonsZoo

    LyonsZoo Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you
     
  6. LyonsZoo

    LyonsZoo Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     

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