YEAAAAAAAH!!! the chicks we ordered in march finally shipped. . . but how we tell if we got a rooster or not? Our only experience with baby roosters was with a silver seabright roo, which has the same plumage as the hens. any ideas?
To identify roosters, you'll look at the comb and wattles (which will be bigger and redder) and the hackle and saddle feathers (which are long and stringy on boys, as opposed to short rounded feathers on girls). With some colors (like partridge for example), males will have a completely different feather pattern than girls. And in my opinion, males feather patterns are more flashy and vibrant (they have to look their best to attract all those lovely ladies!). Good luck, there always the what breed or gender section, and lots of knowledgeable folks who love guessing games!
If you go to youtube and type sexing chickens you will see a video showing how the professionals sex them in hatcheries. Basically by primary feather patterns on the wings.. Hens are uneven. Roosters are even.
When we ordered at the end of may we received a free chick and 15 weeks later it has a huge comb and it crows! The only way I wasa told is when there just hatched there Vent checked by professional and even then. They only guarantee like 90%