Can you sex Delaware chicks? Pictures included!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pattgal, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so My chicks are about 2 weeks old and I notice some definite color differences
    Since the hen is almost all white and the roo has more black all through the wings and neck is it safe to assume my pale chicks are hens?
    this was them at one week old, what do you think?
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  2. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no, you need to wait until they start getting the feathers between their wings. girls will be white while boys will have a lot of black.
     
  3. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I agree with you. I'd say the roo is bigger, and has the markings on his wings. In a few more weeks, the roo should start showuing red on his comb, and wattles.( those flaps at his jaws)
     
  4. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Delaware hens have black in their wings, too. I couldn't tell mine apart until they were a few weeks older. I wouldn't count on color sexing working until they're older.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Too early. Most males have lots of "smut" down their backs, much more than the pullets. Of course, by about 4 weeks, most are no longer a mystery.


    Here is a 3 week old Del cockerel so you can see the smut, plus the big comb:

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    Delaware pullets:

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  6. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:About half of mine look like your cockerel in the first photo. the pullet in the second photo looks fully feathered in. is she the same age
    So the all get that smut on the back of their necks? Just males more than females?
    I have one that is about 4-5 weeks old and it has solid black feathers on the end of its wings does that mean it's a Roo?
     
  7. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, Delaware hens are supposed to have black wing tips, too. If it has feathers between the wings, and they are nearly all white (with some dark gray), it's likely a pullet. If there's a lot of black, then it's a cockeral. If there are no feathers between the wings, it's too early to tell for sure.
     
  8. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only Delaware I have ever had was a roo and at 2 weeks he was a boy. His comb was a little bigger but he had THICK legs and was gangly looking. He stood straight all the time with his neck stretched out. He was a very good rooster. Really good to his girls. Wish I would have kept him and got rid of my BSL instead.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The pullet I posted is about a week older, but you can see her color there. Both sexes have black in the wings in varying degrees so you cannot go by that. The speckling/smut down the back between the shoulders is pretty much a male trait, though it's not always 100%. Some males will not have that much and some females will have a tad more than usual. The girls can even have thick legs--my Tasha sure did and still does.
     
  10. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so here is the newest pictures I have of them

    Roo?
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    Pullet??
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