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how to tell roosters from hens

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I am new at this chicken raising thing.I would like to know if anyone can tell me how to tell a hen from a rooster my chicks are about two and ahalf months old they are bantams two of them like to jump into each other,if any one can help me thanks.

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if they are mating "or acting like it" wich ever one is on top is the roo, or rooster. i have many chicks right now too and only one of them are a roo. they are 2 months old and he already rides the hens or pullets and puffs up his neck

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40+ chickens, 3 ducks, 2 guineas, 6 goats, 2 dogs, 3 horses, 500+ cows, and a bunch of crazy barn cats.
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Originally Posted by americana-chick 

if they are mating "or acting like it" wich ever one is on top is the roo, or rooster. i have many chicks right now too and only one of them are a roo. they are 2 months old and he already rides the hens or pullets and puffs up his neck


Not always, my hens got ontop of my rooster when I first got him.

RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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post #4 of 6

Roo's usually have thicker legs.

Hens develop tail feathers faster.

Some breeds can be feather sexed.

"Yeah...Here comes the Rooster..."  - Alice in chains
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2588-Roo_behavior
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"Yeah...Here comes the Rooster..."  - Alice in chains
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2588-Roo_behavior
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i too was wondering because I cant have roosters in my town. but I really want young pullets (was thinking silkies and BO) how old before you can tell for sure with them (pretty much when they actually lay an egg or sooner?)

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I didn't know my jersey giant was a roo until i heard this awfully weird sound one day.  I thought, that couldn't be a crow, the one I suspected was a roo based on early behavior was in front of me.  A few more days of that weird sound when my back was turned and then voila, the waddles and comb were redder than everyone elses and then he was larger than everyone, and now he crows at 5am and 7am.  Behavior wise, he's still quite pansy compared to the girls.  It took about two months to know for sure.

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