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UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: Rooster or Hen ? When can you tell?

post #1 of 8
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I was wondering when you can tell a rooster from a hen.

My chicks are 4 weeks old tomorrow.

What are the characteristics that start to form in a chicken to differentiate the two?

Thanks...
Jessica


Edited by festivefeet - 4/28/09 at 5:30pm
New to backyard chicken farming . We have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes & 2 Easter Eggers. I have a 3-1/2 year old daughter who is in love with these fine feathered creatures, a husband who is tolerating the idea and me who thinks this is a lot of fun.
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New to backyard chicken farming . We have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes & 2 Easter Eggers. I have a 3-1/2 year old daughter who is in love with these fine feathered creatures, a husband who is tolerating the idea and me who thinks this is a lot of fun.
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post #2 of 8

It varies from breed to breed.

A general indication is the redness of the comb/wattles; roos are redder earlier.  Pointed feathers also help but I think that comes later than 4 weeks and am no good at using this.

If you post pics of the birds and tell us their breeds, you will get some good, educated guesses.  But do post in the forum, "What Breed or Gender is This?"

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

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post #3 of 8
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Here are my chicks. They are 4 weeks old tomorrow. Can you tell if they are a hen or rooster at this point? If not, when is it clearly apparent?

Molly - Easter Egger
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1710.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1704.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1727.jpg

Ginger - Easter Egger
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1745.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1717.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1726.jpg

Charlotte - Buff Orpington
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1749.jpg

Pip-Squeak (she is the one mentioned in other posts, with sick feet, possible biotin deficiency or dermatitis) - Buff Orpington
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1801.jpg

Tillie - Silver Laced Wyandotte
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1758.jpg

Babs - Silver Laced Wyandotte
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/festivefeet/IMG_1765.jpg


J.


Edited by festivefeet - 4/28/09 at 5:55pm
New to backyard chicken farming . We have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes & 2 Easter Eggers. I have a 3-1/2 year old daughter who is in love with these fine feathered creatures, a husband who is tolerating the idea and me who thinks this is a lot of fun.
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New to backyard chicken farming . We have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes & 2 Easter Eggers. I have a 3-1/2 year old daughter who is in love with these fine feathered creatures, a husband who is tolerating the idea and me who thinks this is a lot of fun.
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post #4 of 8

Charlotte and molly look like girls I couldnt see the rest of the photos!

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Silver Laced Brahmas, Tolbunts,BBS Marans, Tolbunt mixed bucket of fun eggs and ;A bunch of projects working right now!!!!! 

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post #5 of 8

Defeintly depends on the breed.  Here are my 3 week old D'uccle bantams.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27583_100_0654.jpg

The are 4 weeks old tomorrow but this photo was taken a couple of days ago.  His comb started developing around 2 1/2 weeks old.  I think he is an early bird.  lau

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Wife to DH (30) and Mama to J.D. (cat, 11 yo), Angel(cat, 9 yo), Jasper (cat, 8 yo), Tyson (dog, 5yo), Leo (cat, 4 yo), Aiden (son, 3 yo), Lily (daughter, 1 yo), Dalila (EE, 4 wo), Miliani (EE, 4 wo), Addie (Dominique, 3 wo), Xanthe (Salmon Faverolle, 1 wo), Ballari (delaware, 1 wo), Lacey (andalusian, 1 wo)
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post #6 of 8

It looks like everyone but Ginger is a pullet.  I might be wrong, but that is what it looks like to me!  Not 100% on Babs.

Beautiful birds! thumbsup

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post #7 of 8

Looks like Tillie and Babs are pullets. I've got some that will be 8 weeks old on Friday the first. If the SLW  are cockerels their combs will start to show wider and get color. the pullet combs stay narrow and hard to see. JMHO of course. wink

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post #8 of 8

So what did they end up being??

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