What Gender? | Speckled Sussex |

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Wildest, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Wildest

    Wildest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2015
    Colesville, NY
    On June 7th, I received day old chicks in the mail from MyPetChicken. As of today, they just turned 7 weeks old! I've never owned chickens before this so it's been a learning curve but so far, I've been enjoying every step of the way.

    When I ordered my chicks, I chose to get all hens. However, my Speckled Sussex has me wondering if she may in fact be a he. When they were so young it was hard to tell but now this chicken is getting a completely white chest (which I heard is one way to tell) and "her" comb seems to be a bit larger than all my other hens (all though they are all different breeds so I'm sure that isn't a great way to tell).

    I only have one decent picture as of now. I can get more tomorrow once all the thunderstorms pass. Please let me know what you all think!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Looks suspicious.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    seems like a lot of comb for 7 weeks old
  4. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Agreed, the comb is a little too developed.

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2016
  5. voissems

    voissems Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2016
    For comparison, here's a possible sibling with same hatch date & source [​IMG]
    I've also been worried about mine, especially since I've already got 2 other suspects for cockerels out of 8 different "pullets" I ordered [​IMG]
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
    Also got SS's from MPC - both did turn out to be pullets (now laying eggs). I do agree the bird in question has quite the comb and that is a fair amount of white. One of the SS's was the first to lay at exactly 20 weeks, the other was much slower to mature and didn't lay until 27 weeks, a full month behind every other bird.

    Here are a few comparison pictures to reference. Different hatch date, of course, but from MPC-- at 8 weeks I started seeing pink in the comb of one of the pullets.

    Here they are at 35 days, still lots of white:

    Day 55- 1st bird of 10 to lay at 20 weeks

    Day 55: Last of 10 birds to lay at 27 weeks

    Here's the comb at 8 weeks:
    Same bird on the day she laid her first egg, 20 weeks:
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    I wouldn't go drawing any conclusions right away. My speckled sussex had me worried "she" was a boy as well. Her comb was large and orange. Most people I talked to were convinced she was a cockerel but once she was older, she grew into her comb and ended up laying eggs. While your bird is looking a little roo-ish, you still will need to wait to be 100% sure.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  9. OneLostHen

    OneLostHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2012
    Santa Fe, TX
    Thick legs too. I suspect cockerel.
  10. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2015

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