Who'd like to take a guess - hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by VultureStew, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. VultureStew

    VultureStew New Egg

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    Hello kind folks - I've lurked here for months, through the successful set up of a small coop & run, and then again as I incubated eggs for the first time. We had a successful hatch of 6 birds, and all 6 are now 7.5 weeks old. And I'm at the part of this process where I waffle daily between "I think they're ALL roosters" and "maybe they're all hens." Figured I'd come straight to the source of knowledge with some photos. Feel free to tell me I'm crazy or that it's WAY too early to figure this out.

    The six eggs were from a neighbor's coop. She has
    icelandics
    lavendar orpingtons
    RIRs
    Delawares

    So these chicks are probably the poultry version of mutts.

    Chick #1 is the white one. Has quite a comb/wattle happening and has been the most bold since hatch.
    Chick #2 is the black one. Almost no comb or wattle (still yellow), and pretty shy.
    Chick #3 is the smallest brown mottled one. Almost no comb or wattle, very shy.
    Chick #4 is the bigger brown mottled one. Almost no comb or wattle, but... the only one of the bunch with pointier neck feathers. And also extremely bold and pecky.
    Chick #5 (larger wattle)
    Chick #6 (darker beak)
    Chicks 5 and 6 are both gray, roughly the same size. One has ever-so-slightly larger wattle, but combs on both birds are about the same size. One has tail feathers pointing slightly upward, while the one with the slightly larger wattle has tail feathers that point (slighty) down. Neither has any obvious differences in neck or saddle feathers (at least not to my thoroughly untrained eye). There's not a huge difference in personalities between the two.


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    chicks 4, 5, and 1.


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    chick 5


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    Chick 2 (whole body shot)


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    Chick 4 - not much comb or wattle, but hugely brash personality and pointer neck feathers than anyone else


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    chick 3


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    Chick 6 (whole body) and 5 standing behind. You can kind of see in this picture the minor difference in tail feathers and wattles.

    My best guess at this point is
    Chick 1: cockerel
    Chick 2: pullet
    Chick 3: pullet
    Chick 4: cockerel (even though almost no wattle/comb?)
    Chick 5: cockerel
    Chick 6: pullet

    Or is this just wishful thinking on my part, and they are all roosters? No one is crowing yet. :) I appreciate any/all insight - and thanks so much for the great forums. I've learned a ton just lurking.
    -Erika
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Okay, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

    4 is a pullet - that's the good news. 1, 5, and 6 are cockerel. I am betting that 1 is going to become a truly striking rooster.
     
  3. VultureStew

    VultureStew New Egg

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    You think 4 is a pullet, really? That would make us all very happy - he/she's the whole family's favorite at this point. Those pointy neck feathers and jaunty attitude confuse the heck out of me.

    Well, frankly, for a while I feared they were ALL roos, so two or three pullets in the bunch would actually be welcome news! :)

    Yeah - #1 is quite a looker. At this point he's very sweet and loves being handled, too. If we don't keep him we have friends who will.

    Thanks for the input - really appreciate it.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The very few 'bright' feathers in the wing coverlets are a bit concerning, but the salmon breast and overall coloring seem to indicate pullet. The next couple of weeks will tell the tale for sure.
     

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