Black Australorp and New Hampshire Red Sexing-- Or Assuaging My Concerns

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by iPringle, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. iPringle

    iPringle Just Hatched

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    We bought four Black Australorps and four New Hampshire Reds from TCS almost three weeks ago. Right now they are all losing their fluffy feathers and most have grown more chicken-y looking feathers (the NHR have lost almost all the fluffy chick feathers and the BAs have started but still are holding onto them). I have read that you can sex chicks by tails and wings. We have two chicks that have long and prominent tail feathers and my wife and I figured "oh those have to be roosters!" I did a little Googling and it seems that we might be wrong and that those might be hens-- which means we might have two hens and six roosters. Obviously that's no good because we want hens only.

    Is there a definite way for me to figure this out? Right now I'm concerned we have a flock of roosters and that I'll need to start all over again with new chicks.
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Pictures of each would help.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Photos please
     
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    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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  5. iPringle

    iPringle Just Hatched

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    I was mostly just looking for general advice on the subject, but here's some pictures. [​IMG]

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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    No one's jumping out as a male at this point [​IMG]

    I know some folks hold a lot of stock in the rate of feathering, and I will say overall cockerels seem to feather slower. But personally, I've never put a lot of stock into rate of feathering , or shape of tail, etc when they're this young. I go by comb pretty much all the way, and a little bit of leg thickness. Especially your production bred birds, like you're going to find at TSC, etc, the little males will announce themselves pretty clearly when they're young, with a larger red comb.
     
  7. iPringle

    iPringle Just Hatched

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    That's really good to hear. We were worrying that we'd have to figure out how to get rid of all those males and then buy some guaranteed pullets for $10 a peice.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They're too young to say all female for sure, but be on the lookout for larger, red combs.

    Sexing is usually pretty good from the hatcheries, 90% is what they claim.
     
  9. iPringle

    iPringle Just Hatched

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    I'll look for them when I get home. These were straight run, so no sexing at the hatchery. That's why I'm concerned. We got 8 chickens thinking that at least 50% would probably turn out to be female since we are shooting for four hens plus one rooster.
     

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