12 weeks old Bourbon reds, hens or Toms?

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  1. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    I'm posting this in a couple different places to try to get a wide spectrum of opinions. I'm trying to figure out if my 3, 12 week old Bourbon reds are hens or Toms.

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    Wow, they were NOT cooperating with me this morning! Everyone was super excited and jumping and flapping all around. I was making noises at them to get them to stand still (hence the struts lol). So what do you guys think? The 3 little Bourbon reds are 12 weeks old but hens or Toms?
     
  2. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    By posture, I'm thinking hens, but I've been fooled so many times! Mine are around 16 weeks and the makes are doing full struts now, I always end up with far more toms. And twelve weeks toms should be starting to try full struts, trail feathers high, heads tucked in. And their snoods should get very long along with bright red heads when strutting.

    I'm guessing you are hoping for a mix to breed?
     
  3. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    No, I have a 17 week old Bourbon red Tom. I was hoping to have at least one girl to go with him lol. These pictures are my tom, Adam. He's my sweet heart. He hasn't started gobbling yet but he is often in full strut especially when chasing chickens away from me or his flock :)

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  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Based on how bald their heads already are, my guess is that they are all toms. They are too young to use their breast feathers for confirmation.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They do appear to be all the same sex, I'm thinking toms as well.

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    Here's one of mine, ten weeks old, I believe to be female, the sweetgrass I believe is a male, notice how he gets red when I talk to them.
     
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  6. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    What would be the difference in the beast feathers so I can keep an eye out?


    Oh :( I'm hoping not
     
  7. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    One of the triplets does seem to have slightly thinner legs and a shorter tail.
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

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    The best test is usually weight, the toms feel twice as heavy and meaty as the hens.
     
  9. R2elk

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  10. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    Thank you for that :) at what age does that become noticeable?
     

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