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Sexing barred rock chick

post #1 of 5
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Don't know exact age. I'm guessing around one week old. I'm afraid it's a cockerel, but I may be wrong.

post #2 of 5

At this age, the only thing you might be able to use to determine possible gender is the wings. But you need to compare them to the other chicks of the same age and breed if it's to mean much, and it may already be too late if the wings have developed very much.

 

Compare wing stubs. Are this chick's wing stubs significantly less developed than the others? Are there any feathers coming out of these wing stubs? Are the feathers much shorter and growing in an even row?

 

Girls' feathers will be much longer and will be staggered, not in an even row like the boys.

 

This isn't much help past week one, or even much past the first few days after hatching, and it isn't applicable in all breeds.

 

Wait a few more weeks and watch this chick's comb color. If it remains a very pale yellow, it's probably a pullet. If it turns pink and then light red, it's a cockerel.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post
 

At this age, the only thing you might be able to use to determine possible gender is the wings. But you need to compare them to the other chicks of the same age and breed if it's to mean much, and it may already be too late if the wings have developed very much.

 

Compare wing stubs. Are this chick's wing stubs significantly less developed than the others? Are there any feathers coming out of these wing stubs? Are the feathers much shorter and growing in an even row?

 

Girls' feathers will be much longer and will be staggered, not in an even row like the boys.

 

This isn't much help past week one, or even much past the first few days after hatching, and it isn't applicable in all breeds.

 

Wait a few more weeks and watch this chick's comb color. If it remains a very pale yellow, it's probably a pullet. If it turns pink and then light red, it's a cockerel.


I don't have another chick of the same breed, but the feathers are staggered.

post #4 of 5

Then you may have a better than even chance this is a pullet! Watch for that comb to either stay pale or turn pink, though. That will be your early warning sign you have a cockerel is it turns pink.

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Ok, thanks!

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