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Are my chicks hens or roos?

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I am sorry there are no pictures of them yet to show you as a reference, but I will post pictures of the chicks ASAP. I am trying to figure out if I have hens or roos with my 5 week old chicks. Most of my chicks have very small combs and are starting to pink a tiny bit, and very small pale pink wattles that are barely noticeable. All of my chicks are very sweet and get along very well. Some of my chicks are bigger than the others. Their breeds are: Brown leghorn, black sex link, Rhode Island red, Buff Orpington, Barred rock, and the last one is a Sicilian Buttercup. The Buff Orpington and the Barred rock are two of my 3 week old chicks. It is very strange because the barred rock is the only one I've had problems with. He/she is fairly aggressive and likes to peck at me whenever I try to pick it up. Do you think this is a trait of a roo, or is it just the breed? Also it does show signs of possibly being a roo, and has a bit of red on the base of the comb, and has slight wattle development. What do you guys think??

 

Thanks!!

 

-ftfarmer22


Edited by ftfarmer22 - 3/13/16 at 2:07pm
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Any red at 3 weeks will most likely be a cockerel. I have noticed the cockerels tend to have a different temperament than all the pullets, one of my easter egger chicks was skittish and screamed when held, another was a australorp who constantly chest bumped my hand when I grabbed the pullets and he is now a determined little bitter too. So I would assume the Barred Rock is a little cockerel, all the others chicks I wouldn't be concerned about because you would be able to tell by now if they were cockerels.

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Thank you so much!!! I have been so stressed out about whether or not I have hens or roos:hu

So do you think my other chicks are hens?

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By the way this account is the same person as the other account (ftfarmer22). I forgot my password and had to create a new account.

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:welcome

 

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When your chicks are a few weeks old you can post photos at "what breed or gender is this,"  and get a lot of opinions, etc.

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@2ChickenFarmer2 Did you ask to have the email to change you password sent? Usually it's pretty simple to change the password.

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