At 3 weeks can you tell pullet/roo

clemson11

In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 27, 2008
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I have a 3 week old RIR I think might be a Roo.. Is their any way to tell at this stage?
 

DawnSuiter

Songster
11 Years
Jun 3, 2008
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I have only a few dozen as reference, but after my first 7 boys, I've gotten pretty good about telling the gender of my orps.

I prefer at 2-3 weeks to watch the wattle development... nothing is foolproof of course... but I've noticed that the boys so far, have a part in the fuzz; a line of skin showing through, very clearly and perhaps even a little growth.. while the girls still look very much like chicks in the face and have little to no part in the fuzz for the wattles at that age.

but that is just so far... who knows! Not to mention sometimes, the just look bigger, act like roos and even start to crow early! LOL
 

lil'chickies

Songster
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
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I'll keep my eye on the first orps, they will be 2 weeks tomorrow! I'm still trying to figure out what is meant by the comb turning pink?
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
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Jan 30, 2007
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RIRs you should be able to tell at 3 weeks, 4 weeks for sure!! Been there, done that!
 

crazyhen

Crowing
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Aug 26, 2008
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Look at the pic. of grown hens. Their combs are very red and large. Combs of young hens are usually a pale shell color on RIR. The boys will usually be a bit larger and a little darker shell pink color than the girls. Also as they age the comb progresses to a deep stawberry color esp at the bottom of the comb. Hope this helps Jean
 

chookchick

Songster
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Aug 18, 2008
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I have one that I decided was a roo (
) at about 4 days! He has big feet and stocky legs, he walks differently than the rest (less of a waddle, more steady). And he always has his head poked up right off the bat when I walk in the room. He has also lowered his head and given the "I'm gonna kick some butt" look. I hope I'm wrong, but these all seem like signs to me.
 

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