Clues to sex of chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rock Wyandotte, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Rock Wyandotte

    Rock Wyandotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a Speckled Sussex chick (8 days old) who is larger and more boldly marked than the others. There's a Silver Laced Wyandotte with similar traits - bigger, bolder. Are these two likely to be roosters? Anyone out there who's noticed these types are the roos?[​IMG]
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I think at this young age you'll have to wait a bit longer. Keep an eye on the comb. An early comb is typical of roos. Pullets' combs develop much later.

    I'm in the same boat with a buff orpington chick that I suspect might be a male. Curry is 20 grams heavier than Croquette, the Black Australorp. I'm hoping it's just a breed size characteristic.
     
  3. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if there is any science to this or not but some people say you can hold the baby chick just above it's feathers. If, when doing that, their feet point downwards, it's a female; if the feet point upwards, it's a roo. I've been looking for thick legs within the same breed, comb development, etc. I purchased straight run so I fully expect 50-75% of them to be roos but it's interesting watching the development.

    I had a pullet last year that because of comb development everyone that it was a roo. It wasn't but it is the most dominate hen of the ones I purchased last year. Since I plan to keep one roo this year, it'll be interesting to see how she reacts. Her name: "Heshee."
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I raise SS and the roos start getting a much bigger comb pretty early on. I've got some that are 4 weeks now and it's been very obvious for awhile already who the roos are.
     
  5. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep looking at my SS and think they may all be. They are only a week old..and i can see the start of the comb.
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:Seeing the start of a comb doesn't mean it's a male. The comb turning red very early is a sign. Pullets will have combs, too, just pale and small ones.
     
  7. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be happy if 2 of the 6 are pullets. I think they are beautiful birds.
     
  8. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first batch of chicks we (owner and I) tried sexing by comb development and bumps on legs at 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old. I do NOT recommend this technique at all--I got 3 roos out of 4 chicks! What I have noticed to be better indicators were-leg size (stocky = cockerel) and behavior. Cockerels seem to be more vigilant, more likely to fight with each other, walk with less of a "waddle", and usually more upright stance.
     
  9. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question on sexing chickens..how do you know a male silkie from a female..I have three silkies and have no idea what they are..
     
  10. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You might want to start your own thread instead of hi-jacking this one, but I'll answer your question. [​IMG]

    Roos have wisps in their crest. It looks like they are a little windswept. Hens have more rounded crests. Roos also have slightly larger combs. Other then that, you pretty much have to wait til it either crows or lays an egg. [​IMG]

    Here is a pic of my roo Lenny. Notice the wisps in his crest.
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