how can I tell a hen from a rooster

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by snixter3, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. snixter3

    snixter3 In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    I have 2 silver wyandotte chicks about 5 weeks old. They look the same except for there "top not" ( can't remember the name of it) one is flatter and redder than the other one. Could one of them be a male? I should mention that one of them was attacked by the other hens when I had them in the brooder, my daughter swears it's a male and the girls were just picking on him. I have tried sexing it to see if i could tell, I can' there any other way to tell wether it's a boy or girl? Any info, would be appreciated. Thanks

  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    I look for spur buds on their legs and check the wings. You can also check the feathers on the "bow" of the wing... hen wings will be fully feathered; the bow of a rooster wing will be bare.

    When startled, pullets will tend to squat down. Roosters, on the other hand, instinctively stand erect and make warning chirps.

    Kathy in Texas
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Continue to watch for pointy feathers on the neck and saddle areas also. And his comb will get red faster then the hens will and of course larger. He will also make little clucks at the ground telling the hen to come and eat.

    ETA hens have little spur buds too (just nothing will grow out of them) The male spurs won't grown for some time...possibly about 8 months or more. It's hard to tell by the spurs most times I've noticed.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2009
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:If you can post a picture that will be very helpful for everyone. All chicks have the little bumps on the insides of their legs, pullets and cockerals. Cockerals do not get their spurs til 8, 9 months or longer.

    Lots of Wyandotte owners so someone should be able to tell you what you have.
  5. You will find that male chicks tend to color up in the face early and females don`t get much color until just before they begin to lay.........Pop

  6. Duncan

    Duncan In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Duncan, SC
    Just pull up their little tails and check the plumbing![​IMG]
  7. snixter3

    snixter3 In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    here is a picture of the chicks in question.
  8. snixter3

    snixter3 In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    it's the top 2 pictures that i think may be a rooster, it has the little red things under it's beak too.
  9. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    SLW in the first photo -could be- a roo. When their combs and wattles start getting prominent and red at that age, it is usually the first sign of a roo.

    HOWEVER a word of caution here, people have been know to be wrong about sexing on here. We are human and fallible after all. So use your own best judgement when deciding the fate of your possible roo.

    For comparison here is a photo of one of my SLW that hatched Valentines Day:


    I am pretty sure mine is a hen.

  10. snixter3

    snixter3 In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    I am actually hoping one of them is a rooster. I got 10 chicks total and was told they were all female. I had planned on getting a male when I got the hens, but the guy didn't have any. I reckon i will need to wait and see when he starts crowing, I will know for sure [​IMG]

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