6 week old chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bentech, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. bentech

    bentech Out Of The Brooder

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    Its my first time rising chicken and i have 2 chicks that are almost 6 weeks old.
    Are they too young to tell if i have pullet or cockerel ??

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  2. 1655ot

    1655ot Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like two pullets to me.By the looks of their combs or lack thereof.
     
  3. Rowsdower

    Rowsdower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first one definitely looks like a little cockerel to me. The other one, in one pic she stands very pullet-like and in another pic she stands very much like a roo. Her comb is still pale and fairly small, though not small enough that I would say that it is definitely a girl. It's still very early.
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The black one is looking like a possible cockerel, but the red one appears to be a pullet.
     
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  6. bentech

    bentech Out Of The Brooder

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    how you can see the diffrence between a male and female at this age
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    The best indicator is the comb, size and color. Roo's get larger and redder combs early. Pullets do not get substantial comb growth or turn red until almost point of lay, for most breeds. Whereas the roo's will get large red combs even as chicks.

    Breed would help us determine the gender better as each breed develops a bit differently. Some breeds even the girls get some size to their comb, but it will stay yellow. Some pullets get a bit of peach to their comb, but it stays small. Look out for both size and redness as your best indicator, but resist comparing two different breeds as they often develop differently.

    While roo's can definitely strut their stuff, and like to chest bump a lot, posture is not overly telling...I've had dominant pullets strut and chest bump too....generally just not as much as the roo's.

    The gold/red bird looks like a Gold Comet or Gold Star, and the coloring itself indicates female, as well as the small pale comb.

    The black bird has more comb growth, which is something to watch for; however, it is not so big as to almost be a certainty it is a roo. I've had Marans pullets get large yellow combs early, and Wyandottes and EE's get early peach, while their brothers got clearly larger and red combs early.

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  8. bentech

    bentech Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, thanks alot.

    I dont know if it can make a diffrence, but the black one have fly over the box a fews times and is more scary when i try to pick it up.
    The other one (the gold one) dont even try to leave the box and even my 2 year old dauther can take it with is hand easely.
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

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    Not likely a gender sign for you at this point...just bird/breed personalities. Most roo's are less fearful and as chicks appear to be the friendliest as they are not afraid to approach the human. But your red bird looks like a Gold Star, so that is a breed that is sex-able at hatch...the reddish down being the girls while the boys have yellow down.

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