At 3 weeks can you tell pullet/roo

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clemson11, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. clemson11

    clemson11 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    I have a 3 week old RIR I think might be a Roo.. Is their any way to tell at this stage?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not with certainty, but usually the cockerels have thicker legs than the pullets, even before the comb turns pink.
  3. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    West Texas
    Just curious. What do you mean by the comb turning pink? I have RIRs and am curious about this as well.
  4. chicken master

    chicken master Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2009
    South carolina
    You usally can.
  5. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    West Texas
    chicken master, How can you tell?
  6. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    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
  7. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    West Texas
    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?
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    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
  10. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    I have one that I decided was a roo ( [​IMG] ) 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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