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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 ?

  2. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Rural Michigan
    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

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    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

    Sep 30, 2009
    Frederick County, MD
    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

    Jan 11, 2007
    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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