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I can't tell the difference between boys and girls!

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I am new to raising chickens and I have two flocks, one about 2 mos old and newly hatched chicks about one week old.  We bought the older ones from a farm and were told most were girls but about half of them have been growing combs for about six weeks. 
Please help!

post #2 of 15

Here I was going to offer some advice. It's a chicken thing. When they start crowing is the best indication. Until then you can tell by the size of their combs. Boys have larger combs than the girls and it gets red sooner. The girls have smaller combs and usually don't turn red till they start laying. How they tell at the hatchery is beyond me.


Edited by beak - 9/11/09 at 10:45am
post #3 of 15

pics? thats makes it easier

i can come off a little strong...i tend to speak first then later put my foot in my mouth


Remember just because you read it on the internet does not make it true research everything carefully and act accordingly
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i can come off a little strong...i tend to speak first then later put my foot in my mouth


Remember just because you read it on the internet does not make it true research everything carefully and act accordingly
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post #4 of 15
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Remember me, I'm new...
What's a pullet???
What are saddle feathers???

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A pullet is a hen (cockerel is a rooster) and the saddle feathers on a rooster will come off the back in a droop down into points.  You can also start to look for spurs on their legs (they'll get bigger as the get older)

post #6 of 15

try googling for definitions or rooster and hens or "cockerels" (a young rooster before maturation) and "pullets (a young hen before she starts laying)

also http://www.backyardchickens.com/graphics/chickenparts.gif


the best way to learn stuff about chickens is to either google, check out other backyardchickens forum questions and their answers, or buy a book!

hens or "pullets" will grow combs also.  their combs normally start growing later than a cockerels and will be less pronounced. however, chickens often break their own rules, so listen for crows and look for eggs!  (posting pics in the breed and gender section of this message board will also help... most people can spot cockerels/pullets after they reach a certain age)

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I've been married to my best friend since October 18, 2009.

We've been the proud parents of one happy baby girl since August 14, 2011
Our critters include 1 dog, 5 cats, 1 rabbit, and an ever growing number of chickens!

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post #7 of 15

And to confuse you more. All Mediterranean breeds have very large combs even the "girls" so you may think you have a roo when you don't.Oh those are the white egg layers for the most part and have white ears.
Combs tend to get redder quicker on Roos than pullets
Then there are peacomb breeds and those will leave you scratching your head even more than you are now.
Baby Chicks-pullets tend to feather faster than roos in many breeds but not all

Did I mention the word tend and usually that's because there is an exception for every chicken thought out there.
So
It crows=rooster
Lays eggs=pullet
Some of us have roosters that have never crowed and hens that make a crowing sound but Roosters never lay an egg
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Buehler's Fancy Friends..Home to numerous Grand Champion Mini Rex rabbits, Holland Lops and Netherland Dwarf's

2012  Convention top 10 Broken Mini Rex Sr Buck-open

A few fun chickens, 2 horses,2 dogs, 4 cats and Smoochie the Donkey!

Girl Scout Cookies starting 12/24/12

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post #8 of 15

Theres a relatively easy way to tell the difference between male and female chickens at about three to four months of age (sometimes earlier, sometimes not.)

Sit or stand with a young bird facing your stomach. Look down at the area which on a human would be the lower back (this is called the saddle), just before the tail. Saddle feathers on a young male bird will be glossy and have pointed tips. Saddle feathers on a young female will be rounded and less glossy.

Of course, you can also look at comb size and length, as well as wattles (males get bigger redder combs and wattles than females.) As well, males tend to stand taller, have longer and thicker legs, and become more alert during potential danger, while females tend to be shorter, rounder, and crouch down during potential danger.

Hope this helps

post #9 of 15

First let me say  welcome-byc

And those pics are the best to go by.

Here is something else, when they are 1 day old.
open there wing look at the  the first set feathers, if they look nice straight across same lenght straight acroos- male
if they are uneven-girl


Also what breeds do you have?

ok here it goes=

Pullet= girl that is under 12 months old
Hen= girl that is 12 months and up
cockerel= boy that is under 12 months old
rooster= boy that is 12 months and up


Edited by shay20 - 9/12/09 at 5:54am
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post #10 of 15

This is how I can tell the difference.  When the chick is about a week old, pick it up gently.  Get a firm grip on its legs ( so you dont drop it). Slowly turn it upside down.  If it's a cockerel it will want to right itself.  If it's a pullet it will just hang there, head down.  So far, this has worked for me.  My cousin told me about this and he has been using this technique for years.  It tried it with my 5 birds starting at one week and a couple more times (just to make sure)  It was 100 percent 2 cockerels and 3 pullets.  It's worth a try.   I never tried it under a week old.


Edited by nyseman - 9/12/09 at 7:47am
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