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Sexxing a baby chick!

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How can I tell HEN from Roster?

I have red or common baby
Edited by 4hfreddy - 3/22/16 at 9:56pm
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Comb size, Watle Size, Colour of Feathers, Colour of Down, Beak and Leg Colour on Some breeds, Markings on others, some you just have to wait to mature. What breeds are yo trying to sex? If you post images we could probably help you if they're old enough.

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Hens lay eggs, roosters don’t. Less certain is that most roosters crow but it is really rare to see a hen crow. Basically I’m saying it’s not always easy.

There are very few auto sexing breeds but there are a few. What breed are they? There are a few crosses, not breeds, that can be sex linked at hatch, but the parents have to be set up a certain way. This only works for crosses. Do you know what color and breed the parents were? Some specialists can look inside the vent and tell but I’m not trained to vent sex.

For the vast majority of chicks you cannot tell for sure early on. There is just no real difference in appearance or behavior. Often at about five weeks some differences do start to show up. I’ll give a link that talks about that. Sometimes it becomes really obvious, even before five weeks, but a lot of times it takes a lot more than five weeks to be sure. A lot of the time these things are more clues that they might be male or female instead of absolute ID’s. It’s not always easy but you do get better with experience.

How to sex chicks
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48329

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Hens lay eggs - Cockerels don't
Cockerels crow - Hens don't
Hens have small combs and wattles - Cockerels have large combs and wattles.
Cockerels will mount hens - Hens won't.
Hens have smooth tails - Cockerels have upright tails
Cockerels will get bigger spurs their legs with age - Hens wont.

Those are the common signs of hens and Cockerels.
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I agree but the thread title says baby chick. All those are signs that come later. Baby chicks can be tough.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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