3 week old "Mutt" Chickens - What gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jmkrusch, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. jmkrusch

    jmkrusch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    I was wondering if you could help me sex these chicks. We tried our luck hatching chicks this year and ended up with two little ones. The father is a missed breed which includes barred (little bit of bantam, and something else that gives him feathers on the sides of his legs). The mom is unknown - could be one of any number of chicks (note: we do not have any white leghorns though).

    That said, here are the two chicks at 3 weeks old. I am pretty sure the first is a hen, but I am worried the second is a roo (praying she isn't though - already have two roos and one isn't that friendly)

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    I am hoping that maybe the mom is just different as she has been slightly larger than the 1st one since hatching. I do note that the feet are also larger than #1.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Sorry, but a comb that red, at only 3 weeks old is a sure indicator of a cockerel.
     
  3. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to say but the second one, in my opinion is a cockerel!
     
  4. jmkrusch

    jmkrusch Out Of The Brooder

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    Darn it... That's what I was thinking too - just hoping that maybe one of the mom breeds might have a tendency to be larger with red combs early (because most of our hens do have red combs as adults), or that maybe the bantam from the father had a larger roll on the first hen then the second.

    Thanks though,
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Doesn't really matter. Pullets don't start to pink up in the comb until they are getting close to laying age, regardless of the breed or parentage. A 3 week old chick is nowhere near being ready to lay.
     
  6. jmkrusch

    jmkrusch Out Of The Brooder

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    Huh - learn something new every day :)

    Thanks anyways... Hopefully this guy is friendly and gets along with the other roos otherwise we may have to find a new home for him
     
  7. kohchicks

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    Not to get your hopes up but I was one of the lucky ones that had suspect combs and wattles early on but still turned out to be a hen. That being said, 3 weeks is still pretty early for combs to get that red. I ended up keeping mine and monitoring her progress. Her face looked like a cockerel but her feathering looked like a hen in the end, and everything evened out eventually.

    Not sure if that helped any but Good luck!
     
  8. Matt H

    Matt H Just Hatched

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    Yeah....Number two looks kinda "cocky".
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     
  10. BaileyMChicks

    BaileyMChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The second chick is definitely a cockerel.
     
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