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Chick Sleeps with Head Behind Wing = FEMALE ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MTopPA_18707, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've heard that with adult chickens the Hens will sleep with their head tucked behind a wing but that the roosters won't.

    So . . . If I see one of my 2.5 week old chicks sleeping with it's head tucked behind its wing can I assume it's female ?

    . . . of is it really too early to be an accurate indicator ?

    Kevin
     
  2. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd wait until your 2.5 week old is 4.5 weeks old. You'll be able to tell better by then. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My full grown rooster sleeps in the coop with his head behind his wing a lot, so I don't know how accurate an indicator that may be.
     
  4. Red&Yellow

    Red&Yellow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, that's just an old wives tale. Wait till they're about 8 weeks, and look for big combs. When they're older than that, look for shinier feathers in the neck.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My roosters tuck their head behind their wings too. I'd say it could be either and that's probably not a good way to tell sex.
     

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