Hen or Roo...a little help for a first time "mother hen" :)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by angel8035, May 21, 2012.

  1. angel8035

    angel8035 Songster

    Apr 1, 2012
    Applegate, California
    Hello, all! I am new to backyard chicken keeping and this forum has been a life saver! I am hoping the chicken experts here wouldn't mind helping a newbie sex her chickies? They are all between 8-9 weeks old:

    Golden Campine (very skittish, small bird). S/he has a beautiful sleek look and upright tail feathers:


    Light Brahma (Very calm, entertaining and sweet bird!) Sorry, not a better picture (top right):[​IMG]

    Barred Rock (I believe, two black chicks sent, one died. Supposed to be a cuckoo marans and a barred rock. This one has yellow feet with black down the front of each leg):


    Blue Laced Red Wyandotte:


    And the two biggest "suspects", my Easter Egger (I suspect just due to the appearance of his neck and tail feathers, but I'm a novice):

    And unfortunately the sweetest of all, my Delaware. This was a big fluffy chick and is probably twice the size of all the others.
    Also developed the red waddle and comb at just a few weeks old. I'm not convinced as s/he doesn't have much in the way of tail feathers but again only 9 weeks old at this point:

    I live in city limits and am keeping these chickens as pets/humane suppliers of eggs. Out of the six, I am worried that the last two may be roos. Do you think the first four are safe, or should I be worried about them too? Am I right about the last two? If so, I think I may be building a sound proof coop cause I love these little guys already and don't want them to end up on a plate! Roosters are amazing in my book and hopefully soon we'll be moving somewhere where it won't matter. But I do hope to have some eggs so hopefully they aren't ALL roos!

    Thanks all for any help in advance. Let me know if you need better pictures of different parts of their anatomies!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
  3. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Your EE is a very standard color for pullets. A rooster would have brick red on his shoulders, and the pea comb would have raised off the head much earlier (still can't see it on this chick).

    Delaware is a boy and I would suspect the BLRW as well. BR, campine and LB all appear to be female.
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I think the first five are safe, but number six might be a male.....It's very hard to tell. And you are right, that is a Barred Rock. The Cuckoo Marans would have white looking legs.
  5. angel8035

    angel8035 Songster

    Apr 1, 2012
    Applegate, California
    Thanks! I'm glad to hear that about the EE. I'm actually surprised about the BLRW. Here is another pic:


    S/he is very calm. Doesn't really like to be "caught" but mild mannered once I get her.

    Thanks. I wonder if everyone else will agree?
  6. Acresofchickens

    Acresofchickens TripleC

    Nov 4, 2010
    S/he does look more like a roo"-

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