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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:59 pm 
Thought this was a pullet until it's tail started developing.Now I am thinking it's a cockerel.Perhaps some specialist leghorn breeders will be able to help?. The cuckoo also in the shot has a normal cockerel comb and is already crowing and came from the same batch of "black" leghorn fertile eggs.Image


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:55 pm 
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I am no expert on leghorns I have only hatched some last year but looking at the comb would still think it could be a pullet
bit hard to tell from this photo and the age may also help.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:13 am 
Thanks Canna. It's about 15 weeks old. Not the best 'photo but it has curved feathers in the saddle area. I know that some breeders keep separate pullet and cockerel breeding lines and wonder whether this bird has this sort of background.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:13 am 
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Pullet


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:20 am 
OK. That seems to a positive ID. Thanks Gary. It doesn't get the chop then.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:10 am 
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I'd have another look at the hackle, saddle and sickle feathers. The photo is not very good but he looks like he has a cockerels tail to me.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:32 am 
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I am by no means an expert or a breeder but My white leghorn girl did not have a big comb or wattles like that until she was well over 6-8 months old. This is her at 20 weeks in this thread viewtopic.php?f=23&t=8005568 It also looks to be growing saddle feathers so I would say boy. Like I said, I am no expert though, hopefully I am wrong!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:17 pm 
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Blackleghorn breeds pullet breeding black leghorns so is definately the expert my guess with that comb is still a girl but if blackleghorn says boy then I am probably wrong.
The good thing is you will know soon enough, sorry if Ive given you a bum steer.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:22 pm 
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Yea me too but my brown leghorn hen has huge comb and wattles compared to my whites and the roosters are even larger again
my screen is to blury to see what the feathers are like

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:56 pm 
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At 14-16 weeks there can be a very large range in development of pullet combs from quite large to no comb development at all. But the cockerels will all have comb development and be showing the differences in feathering. The picture is not really good enough but compare the blacks saddle and hackle feathers with your cuckoo - are they the same shape?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:10 pm 
Saddle and hackle feathers are similar to the cuckoo. Have not kept leghorns before and the comb had me confused.Time will tell of course but - too many chooks, too many breeds, not enough pens so anxious to reduce numbers as soon as possible. Luck hasn't favoured the Leghorns for me - bad hatch, a few mortalities, only cockerels left. Have a dozen 10 week old Spanish which will get the "Mediterranean layers" job by default.Thanks people for venturing an opinion despite the poor 'photo. Will hold off for a little longer before culling just in case though.


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Any more definite idea on gender yet please?

Have you taken later pics? :)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:45 pm 
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Well that's clear! He still is a bit photo-shy (not posing for the camera). He looks like he is from a pullet breeding line but I'd prefer to see a bit more white in the tail and undercolour (could just be the photo though).


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:49 pm 
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yep he has developed now definatelly a boy.

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