UPDATE w/proof: 6wo EE 'pullet' carries tail very high...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fratermus, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. fratermus

    fratermus In the Brooder

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    We have two EEs. At 6 weeks there don't appear to be any saddle feathers or definition in the hackles to give hints, but I need to start making plans ASAP if one is a cockerel.

    One is quiet and keeps her tail down (foreground). The other whines a great deal, is flightier, and holds the tail upright and spread out (background):
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    Here is a clearer side shot of the suspect:
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    The tail carriage has me worried I've got a possible cockeral, but I have read that EE roos don't come in this color scheme. I'm hoping the upright tail is a symptom of this bird's flightiness and not its gender....
     
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  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
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    EEs are notoriously hard to sex; I wouldn't panic yet. Doesn't look like a roo to me.
     
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Looks like a pullet.
     
  4. Definately a pullet; she has a really nice tail. No worries [​IMG]
     
  5. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    Pullet. My cockerel's tail was upright and narrow 24/7. My EE pullet's tail is similar to yours but fans out when she is startled or anything.
     
  6. fratermus

    fratermus In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much. If it turns out otherwise I'll be sure to post about it.

    I think I'll give her a name now. [​IMG]
     
  7. Just as a side note, I don't believe those telltale saddle and hackle feather develop on cockerels for another several weeks.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

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    Both are pullets. EE's tend to have a higher tail set.

    Here's my EE hen:
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  9. All three of my EE's have their tails down...never up...they are 10 weeks old.
     
  10. boogiedog

    boogiedog Songster

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    Looks like my EE pullets - most dramatic, gorgeous tails!
     

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