Tricky hen or just another dang cockerel? (pls look LilPeeps-Speckhen)

legacyln

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Speckledhen: so sorry to hear you were banned for trolling.


Okay, I was convinced that I had acurately differentiated the cockerels and pullets in my batch of 13 Dominiques: 4 very dark girls and 9 very silvery boys. However, now that they are about 5 weeks old and their combs and wattles are starting to develop, there is one that I think may be a transexual.

No really, it is about as big as the largest known pullet, and has the wider white bars found in all the cockerals. It IS more silvery and lighter than the girls, but when I look at it next to the boys, it seems just a tad darker than they boys. But the kicker is, the comb is not even pink, and ALL the cockerels have pink to red on theirs now. So my question is, is it possible this is a funny pullet, or just a late blooming boy, or just too soon to say. Obviously I have never had BRs or Doms before so I was not sure how much the barring counts on sexing-- it there any question on this s/he or is there no doubt its a cockerel????

I kind of want to sort them out now because I'd like to take the boys to a poultry show/swap in a few weeks and find them a new owner so I can free up some space for a few more pullets (I've got the chicken addiction real bad right now).

Here is one of my girls for comparison purposes:


and here is the questionable character:
 
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lurky

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I give up.....i thought it was the same bird in all the pics.......I'm going to bed
 
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yankeemtfarm

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Hiya understand this is not written in stone but my guess is that your ??? Barred rock is a Roo.

I have raised a few BR and the comb really tells the sex.

Is the feather coloring different between the pullet and the suspected roo?

BA
 

legacyln

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They are Dominiques but I think sexing is same as w/BRs. The pullets are all very dark gray with small white bars, the cockerels are light silvery gray with wide white bars. This little oddball is lightish silvery gray w/wide white bars-- but his gray is just a bit darker than all the other boys. Main thing that is throwing me is the lack of color on his(?) comb and the small color difference. Looking forawrd to the day I've raised lots of these guys and don't have to wonder so much!
 

SloCrevs

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I would say it's a boy. I've got my cuckoo marans right now, and I'm attempting to sex them all out too. He looks male. I tried for all females(i picked chicks) and ended up w/ 1 boy in the whole group.
 

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