First time chicken Momma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chasity83, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. chasity83

    chasity83 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have another question, how do I tell if my baby chicks are roosters or hens? I asked my daddy and he told me an old wivestail lol! Not sure if he knows or not.
     
  2. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Depends how old your chicks are really. Once they are fully feathered out and aprox 8 weeks old posting some pics in the what breed gender section of the forum should help you. Here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
    Some breeds take a little longer to decipher if they are male or female.

    Wishing you the best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Some breeds are sexable at hatch due to color variations. Others can take as long as 6 weeks or so to tell males from females. You can post pictures in the What Breed or Gender section of the Forum if you have some you are not sure about. Knowing the breed can be very helpful when sexing chicks.
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] glad you decided to join us.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    You usually can't tell the gender of chicks at a day old or so. But, when they reach four weeks old or around that, males tend to develop larger, redder combs. Males also tend to feather in slower and have thicker legs. By the time birds are 16 weeks old, roosters will usually have developed saddle feathers (long feathers near the tail) and pointy neck feathers. Females won't get the saddle feathers and will have rounded neck feathers.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Unless the chicks are sex-linked, the only way to sex them really young is by vent sexing. However, that takes a lot of experience to master. A better way to sex chicks is to wait until they're older (at least 6 weeks), and then try to sex them by their appearance. By that age, cockerels usually have larger combs and wattles and may be crowing.
     
  9. chasity83

    chasity83 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the advice!! I am officially hooked [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     

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