Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

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Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by chickenfan » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:13 pm

I have two young Orpington teenagers that have had wattles from a very early age, but have otherwise shown no signs of being cockerels. Is there any chance they could be pullets?
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Re: Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by chrismahon » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:05 am

From our limited experience with Orpingtons, they 'show' very late compared with other breeds Chickenfan. Two went to 26 weeks before suddenly developing a 'cough' in the morning which very quickly became crowing. Up to that point they behaved just like all the pullets. The earliest to show was about 18 weeks if I remember correctly and I can't remember at all the growth of the wattles, other than they seemed the same as the others.
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Re: Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by chickenfan » Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:43 pm

Thank you Chris. So the wattles that developed c 4-5weeks old are likely to mean they are cockerels? They are blue bantams.
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Re: Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by chrismahon » Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:18 am

I don't know Chickenfan? You will just have to be patient I think.
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Re: Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by chickenfan » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:30 pm

Thanks Chris. I'm glad I've still got reason to hope!
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Re: Are growers with wattles always cockerels?

Post by Lordcluck » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:18 pm

Some Cockerels can hang back in their development of secondary sexual Features due to the presence of more dominant males. A kind of Pheromonal inhibitor produced by more Vigorous and confident Males semi ' castrates' them. Once seperated from the company of other males most of these birds will quite suddenly mature and grow full Masculine features. Like Chris says, the Big Asiatic breeds and their miniatures , are not overly endowed with combs and Wattles anyway, and females remain pale faced and underdeveloped in their head points right up to POL. So any early, noticeable reddening or growth in these regions in a group of Young Orp/Cochin/Brahma type fowls is usually indicitive of young males. :)
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