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Can roosters sex chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redoak, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Can roosters tell the sex of a chick? Back in August we bought 3 Easter-Egger day old pullets. Oliver and Leo our 2 roosters always ignored two of the chicks, but at any chance they would try to kill the third chick (Penny), that turned out to be a rooster. They would even try to peck Penny from the other side of the chicken wire. Anyone else had any experiences like this? Can hens and roosters sex day old chicks?
  2. cackle

    cackle Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Great question... I have no idea but maybe someone does.
  3. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    i'm sure they can. probably?
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2008
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    I don't know, I have abnormal roos anyway, they share nest duty with the ladies and help take care of the babies. I caught Little Foots and Snowball with the baby ducks under their wings this morning.
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I think maybe they could. I have saw some roos and hens act a certin way towards one chick who turned out to be a roo. So yeah maybe they can!
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I wish I knew!!! We have Stepford chickens - the do everything very orderly. 6 10 week olds are in with them now and have been for 2 weeks and the roo ignores all of them.
  7. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    My roo tries to help take care of the babies and even lets them eat his food like the hens.
  8. aiwetir

    aiwetir Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    i have no idea, but male and female crows and robins can tell each other apart

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