When do chicks get wattles?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FRlEDeggs, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ANOTHER question from this newbie [​IMG]

    When do chicks get wattles? Currently, my almost 6 1/2 week old Cuckoo Marans and my Black Australorp have some smallish, gray-pink wattles. Does this mean boy? Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  2. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Ducks waddle. Chickens get wattles as they approach sexual maturity. Needless to say, wattles will appear sooner and be more pronounced on cockerels than on pullets. Ameraucanas, EE and several other breeds do not develop significant wattles. Production type breeds tend to develop more significant wattles.
     
  4. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to say when they spend too much time with a duck [​IMG]
    If your seeing wattles that young on those 2 breeds chances are you have a couple of roos
     
  5. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The thing is that their combs are small and yellow, and their waddles are a pinkish gray, not anywhere close to red.
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Sweetie, we are trying to tell you they they are NOT "waddles". They are called "wattles".

    In your breeds it may indicate cockerals, but it's really too early to tell. Can you post some pics of them? That will help a bunch.
     
  7. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BYCers speak in riddles don't they? Don't feel bad it has happened to me too.
    The wattles and combs will gain color as they grow. Different breeds (and batches) have different sizes at different stages. If one of the same breed has bigger ones than all the rest then chances are it is a roo.
     
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  8. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Man, my spelling STINKS. [​IMG] Thank you for the help!
     
  9. Mother Therese

    Mother Therese Out Of The Brooder

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    Did your chickens end up being hens or roos? Wondering because i'm having the same question about my 3 week olds
     
  10. jocar123

    jocar123 New Egg

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    I dont have waffles showing on mine, ones a red and one is bar. They are flying. So I dont know if there still to young.
     

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