At What Age Can You Tell???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rooster Cogburn, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six two week old EEs. I know it's an imperfect science but about how old do they have to be before I'll be able to tell what sex they are???
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  2. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    They say EE's are harder to tell but at 7 weeks one could see all mine were pullets. Dangit! Why didn't I think of Rooster Cogburn? Rats.
     
  3. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the reply.
    I think True Grit would be a good Name........May not be taken.[​IMG]
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    EE's are a bit tricky, by 8 weeks you should have a good idea. Sometimes you'll still have an iffy one that might take a bit longer.
     
  5. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. Only six weeks to go.[​IMG]
     
  6. wiss0023

    wiss0023 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm waiting this one out too . . . I have 3-9 week old EE's, one has a curved tail, but no hackle or saddle feathers yet (no crowing either), has a very small and pale comb . . . hmmm. Also have another that has a small comb, straight tail, but is starting to get a lot of red in the comb. It is all still a guessing game. Good luck!
     
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  7. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been working on the odds of getting X number of pullets from six chicks. Not done yet but getting 3 is in the 38% range. Getting 2 or 4 is in the 18% range and it drops off to about 8% for 1 or 5 and 3% for 0 or 6.

    There's a Styx song called; Too Much Time On My Hands. [​IMG]:idunno
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Saddle feathers won't be visible until about 13 weeks. A curved tail can be a sign of a rooster. Post a picture and we can give you an idea.
     
  9. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hate to be the bearer of this news but chicken math follows no mathematical rules.
    First hatch of the year 50-50....Second 60%pullets and 40% roos....Third hatch .....looking like 70% roos and 30% pullets. Following this Chicken Math trend if I hatch three more times this year I`ll be at 100% roos.
     
  10. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I digressed from the topic of your original post...
    I have EE`s too...love them!
    I agree with the others. It is usually 6-8 weeks before a good solid guess can be made.
    I have had some with very large pink peacombs with 3 rows showing by 3 weeks and sofar they have 100% (there goes that chicken math again) turned out to be roos....in my experience.
     

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