1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Whats up with these wattles.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by meathook, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. meathook

    meathook In the Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    This is a Red Sex link we call her Big Red. She has always been bigger than her sisters but what is with the comb and wattles? It is so much bigger than the others. They are all 11 weeks almost 12.


    Here are some of the other ladies.


    And our EE we assume she is a hen as advertised.


    Edit: to fix wattles
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009

  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Any chance that first one isn't a sex-link? Because it looks a bit roo-like to me. Did they come from a feed store? They get mixed up a lot in some places. I'm on the fence about the EE.......

    I might be wrong, it's hard to tell from pics.

    Popped back in with a btw- ducks waddle, chickens have wattles. Very common mistake. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  3. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Cough Cough roo Cough Cough roo Cough.... [​IMG]
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    uhhhh, thems some pointy neck feathers....cockerel.
  5. meathook

    meathook In the Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    They are from My Pet Chicken so Meyer's Hatchery. Big Red has red and white feathers like the others. I can take more pictures.

    The EE if a roo is lowest on the pecking order. I will say that both Big Red and the EE are the spookiest of the chickens.
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Yeah, Big Red's lookin' like a roo. Would be interesting to see more pic's of him. My RIR roo looked just like that at that age and got his dark mahogany color as he got older. Not so sure about the ee, hard to tell sometimes with them but I'm leaning towards roo with that one too.
  7. StupidBird

    StupidBird Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm only a first year chicken person. But my RIR looked a lot like that. I was in terror of "Red" being a roo - it's my son's pet and we are in a subdivision. But I have 5 eggs most days and only 5 birds, so shes a she despite her having the hugest comb-over and wattles. I'd post photos, but can't on this computer. sorry. Just that there's still hope for no roo. IMHO

  8. meathook

    meathook In the Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    So is it possible for a red sex link to have hen colors and be a rooster? This chicken has the same coloration as the others red with white in the wings and tail. It was Chipmunk like the others when we got them.

    So two questions then if they were roos:
    When do they start crowing and when would they get saddle feathers?

    Here is a picture to show color on big red.
    and another picture of the ee
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Hmm, I am not sure I am seeing the photo clearly enough so will not commit on those neck feathers (although they do look rather pointy and hackle-y in that pic...)

    I don't know of any way of getting a red (hen colored) red sexlink that is a male UNLESS it is not really a sexlink i.e. the parents aren't what they should be. In principle a mail-order hatchery should know better. However others have occasionally posted to BYC about getting non-sexlinked "sexlinks" from mail order hatcheries, so I would say it is not entirely out of the question.

    If those are NOT hackle-y looking neck feathers, I suppose it is possible it is just a very precocious girl who is going to start laying real early. I am skeptical of that idea but would not rule it out.

    I dunno, wait another month or so and see what happens.

    Good luck,

  10. socalchicks

    socalchicks In the Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    Temecula Valley, CA
    Here is my 13 week old RIR (Her name is Reba McIntyre!). Her comb and wattles are much bigger than my other girls'. I'm a chicken newbie, but I don't think I have a roo!


    Sorry, I didn't realize the picture was so big! She's very friendly even though she looks menacing in this picture!
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by