Can they be sexed at 4 weeks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mountainchickens, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. mountainchickens

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    Hi! We have 17 chicks and 14 of them turned a month old this morning :D Time really flew since we got them... anyways, I was wondering if they could be sexed at 1 month! If so, I will post pictures of them! Thanks!
     
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  2. Evelyn Walker

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    Sexing at around 8 weeks would be much more accurate...what breeds are they?
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    4 weeks, sometimes.
    6 weeks, almost certainly.
    8 weeks, for sure.
    Depends on breed tho, some you can't tell until they crow.
     
  4. mountainchickens

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    There are 3 Polishes, a Speckled Sussex, 3 Hoover's Sapphire Olive eggers, a Cuckoo Marans, 3 Black Copper Marans, and three mixes (I think :D). I've heard Polishes are sometimes difficult to sex though.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Marans should be easy at 4 weeks.
    Others, probably.
    Polish, wait for the crows.
     
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  6. CluckNDoodle

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    As aart mentioned above as well Marans are usually pretty easy. I can often start picking out the roos by week 3 actually. In my opinion Speckled Sussex are also very easy and Olive Eggers are a toss up, sometimes they take after Marans in the bloodline and are also easy but I find some of the EEs are harder to tell. Polish you would definitely need to wait a bit longer though. I have pictures somewhere of my Speckled Sussex for sexing...
     
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  7. CluckNDoodle

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    This is one of my Marans roosters as it developed and then a 5 week old speckled sussex rooster vs an 8 week old pullet. Hope that helps!

    6-7-19 Marans Roo.jpg Speckled Sussex Roo vs Pullet.jpg
     
  8. mountainchickens

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    Thank you everyone! And that really helps @CluckNDoodle ! I think we might have a rooster on our hands... hopefully not though! I'll post pics soon!
     
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    Here are some pics of the Marans! What do you think? (They are now 4.5 ish weeks old)
    marans1.jpg marans2.jpg marans3.jpg crystal.jpg
     
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    ss.jpg And here is the Speckled Sussex! This afternoon I'll take pictures of the rest
     

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