When the comb first appears... [update: pics added below]

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dancingchicken77, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. dancingchicken77

    dancingchicken77 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 22, 2008
    i'm a newbie. we hired an incubator, got three fertilised eggs, and ended up with 2 chicks. the kids and i have grown so fond of them we've decided to keep them. however we are only allowed to keep them in our neighbourhood if they are girls. my 7yo boy in particular and i are hoping like crazy that cheepy and kenny are both girls....

    SO, here's my question: they are over 2.5 weeks now, so i appreciate it's really early. but today is the first i've been able to see any sign of a comb. i read that it starts out pink/red on roos, and yellow with hens. is that true? both are yellow at this stage....
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2008
  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    What kind are they? It depends on breed.
  3. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    South Western VT
    Pictures always help...although 2.5 weeks is early to tell!
  4. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Could you still feather sex them at this age?
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    comb color sexing is well a coin toss, you'll have early raisers and late bloomers. someone should crow before you can comb sex
  6. dancingchicken77

    dancingchicken77 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 22, 2008
    ok i'll try to post some pics here, see how we go. whether feathers or combs give an indication at this age - 3 weeks 1 day - still worth a try eh? by the way the breed is pekin bantams -



    and here's an earlier one at 2 weeks 2 days -

  7. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    awww they are so cute! Hope they are both girls for you so they can stay together.
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Still way too early to tell, from the comb or otherwise. If I had to pick one to be a roo at this point it would be the one with the dark markings on his wings, but that's only a guess.

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