1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Another question about chicken sex

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheri, May 9, 2007.

  1. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

    674
    0
    159
    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    LOL No not that kind of sex. [​IMG] I do believe all my leghorns are roosters. They do the cockfighting and posturing. I have a RIR that doesn't look like the others. It doesn't have a tail and the other 3 do. Could I have accidently been given a hen? This is my favorite RIR so it stays no matter what sex but I would love for it to be a hen.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    How old are these? You will be able to tell the leghorn roos by 6 weeks because they will start having combs turning red. RIR's are harder. They take up to 12 weeks to decipher. Tail feathers don't necessilarly mean they are hens or roos, but my general trend is tail feathers = girls.
     
  3. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

    674
    0
    159
    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    Well......I think that they are 4 or 5 weeks old now. I bought them the day before Easter. I definately know the Leghorns are roosters. LOL.
     
  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,195
    10
    191
    Mar 29, 2007
    I have both RIR's and Leghorns that are close to the age of yours. The Leghorns comb develops faster than the RIR's. By 5-6 weeks though, the RIR's comb will start to look 'fatter' than it previously had. It will also start turning pink. At that point, it starts growing FAST and you'll have no question whether it's a roo or not. If you are not totally sure at this point, give it a few days to a week, and you will be! I just heard one of my Leghorns make a feeble attempt at crowing this morning. Funniest thing you ever heard...sounds like squealing brakes! (My guys are 6 weeks old)
     
  5. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    2
    151
    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    So funny,
    I told everyone I was NOT going to have a rooster... now my favorite most friendly RIR had a name change to Henry, they are about 7 weeks now. He is the first one to crawl in my lap when I sit down in the yard. Oh well, I guess I eat crow because we don't eat chicken [​IMG]
     
  6. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    448
    1
    151
    Feb 23, 2007
    Bel Air, Maryland
    At what age can you tell with Ameraucanas? Mine are about 5-6 wks.
     
  7. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

    674
    0
    159
    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    My hubby built them a shelf in their coop and they love to fly on it and tease the dogs. I gave them worms last night. Really funny.
     
  8. Cheeks

    Cheeks Chillin' With My Peeps

    166
    0
    139
    May 10, 2007
    Ohio
    Quote:haha! mine go crazzzzyyy for worms. its hilarious to watch them chase each other for it.
     
  9. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

    674
    0
    159
    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    Yep but the Leghorns didn't see to care for the worms.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by