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We are new in the world of Chicks, and purchased these girls recently.  They are nearly 5 weeks old.  We are in love with them already and will have trouble explaining to age 5 and age 7 that we need to return a Rooster.  Can anybody tell at this early stage whether we have any roosters in the house please?

 

Yellow chick - Buff Orphington - named Amy

Spotty chick - Spotted Sussex - named Cadence

Black chick - Barnevelder - named Jetstorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 5

The Speckled Sussex looks to be a pullet.

 

Your Buff Orp is very questionable. EDITED on second look...I think this is a boy too...at 5 weeks with that much comb....it is risky. Could be an early developing female, but not this early.

 

Barnevelder looks to be a rooster...black chest and large comb at this age....females have laced chests (as breed standard) and very small combs at this age.

 

It's the height of chick season, so I would return the BO and Barnie for Gold or Red Sexlinks or Black Sexlinks. You will know they are female without any question as they are color coded at hatch.... GS/RS girls are foxy gold red, boys yellow; BSL are all black as female, male have a white head dot and will be barred.

 

That can save a lot of tears later (been there, done that).

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 3/3/16 at 6:34pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #3 of 5
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Thank you so much for your reply!  It's not what I wanted to hear, but I appreciate your advice.  I'm so glad I posted here today, I'd much rather know sooner than later x

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2 cockerels

1 pullet

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Thread Starter 

Noooooooo.  Thank you for confirming.

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