At what age can you tell if your "she" is really a "he"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickiee, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Chickiee

    Chickiee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know the hatchery does its best to sex appropriately, but at what age do you really know you're raising hens and not a roo or two? Please don't tell me you know when it's laying eggs. (lol) :p I thought I heard that if it's a roo it may start to try to crow when it's a month old?
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Depends on the breeds (some are easier and some more difficult).
    For some breeds you can notice a definite comb development in the roos.
    Sometimes also the combs will be redder in roos.
    For a lot of breeds you can also tell by looking (or comparing) the hackle and saddle feathers.
    Otherwise, yeah, just wait till it lays an egg or crows!
  3. Elissa

    Elissa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2012
    Orange County California
    What breeds do you have? I also have new chicks and I am a chicken newbie, but I have been doing a LOT of research on the subject. [​IMG] I am very anxious to be sure as well. [​IMG]

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