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General sexing help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WildflowerJLH, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. What are the main differences to watch for when trying to determine pullet or roo? I am trying to start with my 2 x 7 week old chicks. They came from a SLW hen and an EE roo. I will try to get some decent pics later, but kinda want to learn how to figure it myself.

    I know the combs can be a helpful indicator, but what else?

  2. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    Sometimes the legs are thicker in a roo.
  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Once they start feathering in, the roos will develop pointy "saddle" feathers just in front of their tails. Pullet feathers stay rounder, over all.

    Wattles usually show earlier in roos, too.
  4. What about spikes? When do they generally start to show?
  5. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    Quote:You'd notice the other sex characteristics long before the spurs come in. If they are 7 weeks old, you should start seeing differences.. But if you don't have one of each sex, it can be confusing... Good luck!
  6. Here are some picks. Let me know what you guys think.

    Left is Dimsie, Right is Rabbit. This is at 4 weeks old.

    The rest are at 7 weeks:


  7. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    It was said earlier, but saddle feathers is one of the best ways, I think, other than not laying eggs....[​IMG] But there are little "hints" that say probably a cockeral too.

    What I do is....take your index finger and point it up to the sky in front of the chicken in question, kinda like you are saying "one". Now bend your fingure up and down kinda quickly. Most likely if it's a cockeral, it will raise up and act like it is getting challenged by another cockeral. Now mind you....it's not a 100%. But I've found that it can be a first inclanation that you have a roo.

    Also, if you have several birds together, the other birds tend to pull out soon-to-be saddle feathers of some cockerals.

    And sometimes you have cockerals "belly-bumpin'".

    Sometimes you have an early crower.

    Large, red combs sometimes is an early inclanation too.

    Sometimes you just can't really tell until they have all their feathers. [​IMG]

    I hope this helps.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2010

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Both are roosters. Their combs are way too red for their age.

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