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 Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Point, Rains county, Tx
    Clickable thumbnails follow.

    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):

    Here is a clearer side shot of the suspect:

    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....
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Looks like a pullet.
  4. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definately a pullet; she has a really nice tail. No worries [​IMG]
  5. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    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 Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Point, Rains county, Tx
    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. RachelFromTheBlackLagoon

    RachelFromTheBlackLagoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Wallingford, CT
    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 Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Both are pullets. EE's tend to have a higher tail set.

    Here's my EE hen:
  9. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    Looks like my EE pullets - most dramatic, gorgeous tails!

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