Here is my first episode of "Guess the Sex."

CaddyShackFarms

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
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I have five 12 week old Golden Laced Wyandottes. They are all suppose to be hens. They all have hennish names. Well, two of these "hens" are starting to look rooster-ish to me. Anyone wanna weigh in? I am looking at their tail and neck feathers. I even asked them, but they didn't answer me. I think they are being coy.
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CaddyShackFarms

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
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Cockerels! They are beautiful!
Oh man!!! Ha ha!! Well, I guess they aren't going to give me the eggs I was hoping for. Interestingly they are the most approachable of the five. So interesting. Let's see what happens. I ordered all hens with the exception of three straight run Ayam Cemanis. Please cross your fingers that those three aren't all cockerels too!!

If that turns out to be the case what do I need to be thinking about in regards to housing them all? Am I going to have to separate them into groups somehow?
 

CaliFarmsAR

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Oh man!!! Ha ha!! Well, I guess they aren't going to give me the eggs I was hoping for. Interestingly they are the most approachable of the five. So interesting. Let's see what happens. I ordered all hens with the exception of three straight run Ayam Cemanis. Please cross your fingers that those three aren't all cockerels too!!

If that turns out to be the case what do I need to be thinking about in regards to housing them all? Am I going to have to separate them into groups somehow?
How many hens do you have? If you want to keep all the roosters you need 5-6 hens Per rooster! (I think it’s 5-6 hens)
 

CaddyShackFarms

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
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New York
I have 13 chickens. These two appear to be cockerels. The jury is out on the rest as they are too young to tell. I am betting at least some of the Cemanis are cockerels as well. What kind of luck would it be that they are all hens? Unlikely. The rest of the birds are suppose to be hens, but so were these two so I have now lost faith that any of them are what they are suppose to be. Its like chickroulette over here!! Ha ha
 

Chickenhappy8708

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May 2, 2020
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Yeah, if the rooster are raised together, they shouldn't harm one another to severely, you could fast forward introducing new chicks, and by retired battery hens for them, if your worried about having to many chicks for your hens, congrats on the pretty boys!!
 

CaddyShackFarms

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
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New York
Yeah, if the rooster are raised together, they shouldn't harm one another to severely, you could fast forward introducing new chicks, and by retired battery hens for them, if your worried about having to many chicks for your hens, congrats on the pretty boys!!
I have already considered getting a few more hens to be safe. I may wait a little bit and see what the Cemanis grow into and decide then? Or is that too late? My flock are all still pretty young.
 

Chickenhappy8708

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I'm trying to introduce some 3 week olds to some 6 week olds, and the rooster and one hen are jerks to the chicks, and the others love them. So again 6 weeks, and your Wyandottes are 12 weeks. You're taking a gamble by purchasing day olds. I'd say go with adults and supervise carefully, as it could be bloody fast. But at least adults will fend for themselves. How old are your straight runs, you may be able to mix day olds with them.
 

CaddyShackFarms

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
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New York
I'm trying to introduce some 3 week olds to some 6 week olds, and the rooster and one hen are jerks to the chicks, and the others love them. So again 6 weeks, and your Wyandottes are 12 weeks. You're taking a gamble by purchasing day olds. I'd say go with adults and supervise carefully, as it could be bloody fast. But at least adults will fend for themselves. How old are your straight runs, you may be able to mix day olds with them.
The straight run birds are the youngest at 5 weeks old, but they are still really small. I might be able to pull it off, but they also seem a bit more wild. They certainly don't lack confidence. They will jump up to peck one of the 12 weekers if they feel offended. So funny!
 

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