Hens or roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JetBlackJo, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. JetBlackJo

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    I have three growing chicks that I need to sex as I can't keep roosters in my area because of the noise. One is a Lavender Leghorn, the second is, we think, a Silkie cross (has Silkie feet) and the third is a hybrid of some kind as well. The leghorn hatched on 5th August so is about 3 months old and the other two hatched around 17th August, so are just over 11 weeks old.

    This is Number 1 (I'll do separate posts for the other 2):

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  2. JetBlackJo

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    No 2:
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  3. JetBlackJo

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    No 3: (Any ideas on breed(s) would be good too! Thanks!)

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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I believe they're all pullets. Leghorns can be tricky but I believe a cockerel would have lots of comb at this age. That silkie mix does have some wattle going, so I'd keep an eye on it. The last bird is a mixed breed hen.
     
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  5. Mac14

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    The last one is looking like a penciled wyandotte mix. :)
     
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  6. They all look like hens, but I'm not 100% sure on #2..
     
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  7. JetBlackJo

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    THanks for the advice. I tend to think No 2 is also a hen - "she" is quite timid and seems to be one of the lowest in the pecking order, so that leans towards being a hen, don't you think?
     
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    Just an update on these three - we're 99.9% sure they're all females now! The little one (No 2) has already started laying! Thank you for your help!
     
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    all pullets
     
  10. JetBlackJo

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    Yes, we were very lucky - out of a total of 9 chicks only 2 were cockerels!
     

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