White leghorns - 4 wks old. Larger combs? Update 12wk pics,post 23.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by featherz, May 27, 2010.

  1. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I have four white leghorns, all sexed as female by MPC. These four are IDENTICAL in feathering, size, and comb size - so so far I think I have four of a kind, whatever that kind may be. I can't even tell them apart, unlike the RIR. [​IMG]

    They are four weeks old and have zero pink in the combs (although my picture makes it look otherwise) - all have yellow combs, but I notice the combs are much larger than my RIRs (also sexed as pullet). Do leghorns normally have larger combs as chicks? They have been larger even since babies. [​IMG]

    My picture is not so hot, as without treats they run to the far end of the brooder like I am an ax murderer. [​IMG] Plus they like that little patch of sun.

    So.. All boys? All girls? Too soon to tell? [​IMG]

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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Leghorns have very large combs. Yours are pullets.
     
  3. LeBlackbird

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    2 roos 2 pullets on the leghorns
     
  4. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Females do not get large combs til they hit laying age
     
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  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I checked out that other thread - none of my chicks have a comb that's THAT big.. /sigh. I guess I'll wait another four weeks and take more pics! [​IMG]

    Btw, the brooder is not as small as it looks. It's 6 feet long, but narrow (2 feet wide). They seem to like it.

    I have another order from MPC coming in July so as long as they become a lot more rooish by then I can send them a pic and maybe have a few extra chickies with that order. Not sure how I'll rehome more than one roo (I have a friend at work who will take ONE if I have one).

    Will update with more and better pics in a month or so and we'll see who is right. [​IMG]
     
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  7. LeBlackbird

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    Quote:That bird is Way closer to laying age than these birds, of course it should start developing a comb! Female leghorns at This age shouldn't have such a developed comb
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I was referring to the picture on the first page, not the 2nd. The thread was started with a 4.5 week old leghorn chick. That chick has a much more pronounced comb than the OP's chicks here.

    I was just trying to give the OP something to compare to. I'm not interested in fighting about it.
     
  9. featherz

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    Yah, I was looking at the chick on page one. The confusion is my fault, as I realize my pics are not so clear. I'll get better ones in a few weeks and we can hopefully tell a lot better then!
     
  10. LeBlackbird

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    Quote:I am not fighting. I've been doing the leghorn project in my 4-h for 4 years. This is not that complicated. These are relitively easy to sex, and there is no way they are all girls
     
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