Help sexing chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by elmoflim, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. elmoflim

    elmoflim Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    6
    76
    Mar 12, 2015
    i bought some buffs and Easter Eggers a month ago. I feel like some are mixed breeds too. 17 "pullets" though I'm feeling like there's at least 3 are roos:(
    Chick #1
    [​IMG]

    Chick #2
    [​IMG]

    Chick #3
    [​IMG]

    Chick #4
    [​IMG]

    Chick #5
    [​IMG]

    Chick #6
    [​IMG]

    Chick #7
    [​IMG]

    Chick #8&9
    [​IMG]

    Chick #10
    [​IMG]

    Chick #11
    [​IMG]

    Chick #12
    [​IMG]


    Chick #13
    [​IMG]

    Chick #14
    [​IMG]


    Chick #15
    [​IMG]

    Chick #16
    [​IMG]


    Chick #17
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
  2. elmoflim

    elmoflim Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    6
    76
    Mar 12, 2015
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,965
    290
    148
    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    The ones with the redder combs may be Roos--difficult to tell since the pics are small. Pullets should still have yellow to very pale pink combs at that age.
     
  4. MoffatChicken

    MoffatChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    38
    0
    50
    Jul 23, 2014
    Nothing jumps out as a Roo, how many weeks old are they? Buffs usually get pinker combs faster even if they are pullets.... Buffs have caused me stress with this too :)
     
  5. elmoflim

    elmoflim Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    6
    76
    Mar 12, 2015
    Around 4-5 weeks old #14 is one of the suspects the other two are more attitudes that are making me think it :)
     
  6. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

    168
    18
    73
    Apr 26, 2015
    Salem Utah
    I have had pretty good success with personality testing. It's not 100%, at least I don't rely on it 100%, but, so far, every chick that has tested having certain personality quirks has been a roo.

    First, if you tap or scratch on their brooder, do they try to find the sound, peck at it, get a bit excited about it, or do they hang back, maybe just look that direction but not really investigate? The roos job is to be aware of it's surroundings and on alert for dangers to his flock at all times, and they tend to demonstrate that behavior early on. Sure, a hen could have that behavior but most of the time it's gonna be the roos.

    Second, when you interact with the chicks, are there certain chicks that seem to want to interact with you? Do they trot over to your hand and peck you as if they are saying hey pay attention to me? Those are also going to tend to be roos. Another natural behavior of the roo is to establish the pecking order, especially among other roos. They eat first, they get the preferred roosting spot, and they lead the hens in and out of the coop. They will even select their favorite hens and maintain a separation between those hens and the other roos, so, when you are interacting with them the roos will kind of compete for your attention as if you are either the top hen, or you are the top roo and they are deferring to you, at least for now. At some point they may decide it's time to challenge you for that spot, but, at least while they are little they will just show defference and respect..

    When choosing chicks I try to look for the disinterested ones that are kind of bunched together, and avoid the ones that get interested in my scratching at their brooder. I made the mistake of thinking chicks were just being friendly, that they liked me, if they trotted up to me when I tapped on the glass at Cal Ranch. Who can resist a little chick that stretches up at you when you reach your hand into their brooder? Certainly not me, but, every single one of them have been roos.

    Today I made the mistake of not hand picking my second chick, and sure enough, it is showing signs of being a roo. It reared up at a bigger chick who was messing with it, instead of backing down and running away. Sigh, maybe it's just a feisty hen........maybe.
     
    1 person likes this.
  7. Gillibean0115

    Gillibean0115 Out Of The Brooder

    59
    3
    33
    Jul 13, 2015
    Deer trail co
    Chick number 10 looks like a to to me
     
  8. Gillibean0115

    Gillibean0115 Out Of The Brooder

    59
    3
    33
    Jul 13, 2015
    Deer trail co
    Chick 10 looks like a roo to me
     
  9. elmoflim

    elmoflim Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    6
    76
    Mar 12, 2015
    Also surprisingly two of my supposed to be buff orpingtons may or maybe not be Easter Eggers or a combination of Easter Eggers/orpingtons they are a lovely white color and so pretty.
     
  10. elmoflim

    elmoflim Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    6
    76
    Mar 12, 2015
    Number 10 is one that always has to check stuff out so I've been questioning if it's a he or a she.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by