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How to tell a rooster from a hen

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Our chicks are about a month old and I still can't tell the roosters from the hens. Is it possible to determine the difference between them at such a young age? If so, how can I tell?

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it depends on the breed, some are easy, some aren't..

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Krista- mom to 7 with an amazingly understanding husband   . chocolate runners, b/b/s orps, jubilee orps, bantam chocolate orps, project lf choc orps, blue breda fowl and a some cool exotic hens for eating eggs

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do you have pics?

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From my experience I have found that the females feather out fast than the males.  Some breeds are color sexed.  With females being of one color and males being another.  Or having certain dots on their tops of their heads.  Roos combs in some breed appear bigger and faster.  What breed are you asking about?

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These are Rhode Island Reds.

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post #6 of 7

the roo should have a good sized comb compared to the hen , but you may have to wait a couple more weeks to see,, and the roo's wattles will also be bigger,, i just got rid of my last 2 2month olds, or i could have shown ya a pic.

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Hi aileronjack and welcome to BYC.
If you post some pics, we might be able to help you determine the sex.  If you need some help learning to post pics, feel free to PM me and I'll try to help you.
Many breeds start to show the secondary sex characteristics at 4 to 6 weeks. 
Here's some of the things to look for:

According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
a. Comb The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
b. Legs The cockerels legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
c. Tail The cockerels tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
d. Back The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
e. Side of neck, flank and crop The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
f. Wing bows In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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