Gender Guessing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pixijayne, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Pixijayne

    Pixijayne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2015
    I have a little 3 - 4 week old chick that has had many struggles and I was wanting to take it to the vet but ... if its a roo thats a bit of a cost for something that I will not be keeping.

    So I know there are no guarantees but can I get some best guesses.

    I have a clutch-mate with it .... the one that's struggling is of course the smaller one ....

    Mum is a smooth feathered silkie looking X, she looks just like her silkie mum but with smooth feathers.

    Dad is just a backyard mix, with a barnevelder grandad.

    Chick 1

    Chicks 1 &2 and Dog 3

    Chick 2
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Sep 25, 2015
    They are so small, I think it's too early to tell. Sorry.
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Pretty early for Baby should take a few more weeks of growing before there are any indicators. Your second little one, however, is most definitely a cockerel. I've almost never seen a chick with such a large, red comb at so young an age! [​IMG] They're amazingly cute fluffy butts, by the way. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016
  4. Pixijayne

    Pixijayne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2015
    Im scared to say I'm with you, Alex ... #2 for the last few days just feels like a cockerel when I grab it, to pick it up. They have a harder muscular feel than the girls, in my often wrong opinion.

    Which is a shame as I have had these 2 in the house in the middle of the living room on a table (in their brooder) we have become quite attached to them both.

    #1 is still struggling, it has an eye that is not right. I'm cleaning it 2x a day with saline, and using a moisturising eye ointment on it. After treatment it looks quite good, but before it kind of looks like a dead animals eye, slightly sunken and leathery.

    Oh well only time will tell, but #2 is enormous compared to it's outside clutch mates and this little struggler #1 ...
  5. JennaMW14

    JennaMW14 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2016
    Agree with Alex, second one is definitely a rooster and I'm not sure about the first one.
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Id still wait to tell.I had a pullet who had a bigger comb then the actual cockerel when she was younger (like 4,6,7 weeks).But they generally turn out to be roos.
  7. kenzieschickens

    kenzieschickens New Egg

    Dec 5, 2016
    I have found these images to be very helpful!![​IMG][/IMG]
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Only on specific crosses of a fast feathering roo of certain breed over a slow feathering hen = fast feathering chick pullet, at least according to the literature.

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