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Five weeks and still have no clue if they are rooster or hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emimiller8, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. emimiller8

    emimiller8 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2013
    Central Coast, CA
    What characteristics should my chicks have at five weeks indicating that they are hens or roosters. I can't tell!
  2. hatcherkid777

    hatcherkid777 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2013
    I have heard on wiki answers if you toss something over their head the hens will "stay small and still" while the roosters may run around looking for the perceived danger
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    Best bet is just too wait. Yes I how horrible that sounds [​IMG]I freaked myself out so much over having a rooster. They aren't illegal where I am but I don't like them and didn't want to lose one single chick from my flock.

    You can upload individual pictures of your birds to the What Breed Or Gender Is This forum. Good luck!
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Honestly, not much at this age. Over the next few weeks, anyone who grows a comb or gets red in the comb will be male. Some breeds have different colors for male and female, so that can help as they feather in.
  5. Ljsgirls

    Ljsgirls Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    I agree... I posted a picture and was amazed at how fast everyone got back to me with answers. I love BYC!!!

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