how can I tell what sex they are?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by erindubb, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. erindubb

    erindubb Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    I am going to exchange a 4 week old rooster Bantam Millie Fluer D'occ.... (I can't remember how to spell it)
    tomorrow at a farm for HOPEFULLY a one week old hen of the same breed. I thought I got a hen the first time.
    How can I make sure I get a pullet this time. The farmer doesn't know how to sex them. She picked my first one out based on it being lighter than some of the others. Well, whoops - pretty sure its a rooster and I want to exchange it so that the new baby can acclimate to the bigger chicks i already have as soon as possible - so it will be smoother.
    How can I tell if its a girl or a boy at only one week. AHHH.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  2. erindubb

    erindubb Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    oh pretty please - someone please advise. Thanks.
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    you can't... 50-50 chance.
  4. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    If they are four weeks old you might be able to tell. It is still hard at that age. I am not familiar with that breed. Usually you want to look for a bird with the smallest least red comb. Their hackle feathers also should be rounded not pointed.
    I hope you get one!
  5. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    D'uccles come in different colors, so that is not an indication. When I picked mine I went for one with a little tail and one without. (they were only a few days old) I only got 1 boy [​IMG] It was the one without a tail. Females are supposed to feather in faster. Although there is an exception to every rule, it worked for me.

    There are 1/2 dozen different chick sexing methods or should I say "wives tales" [​IMG] but none of them have great results. If I were you, I would just get 2 and rehome a roo if you get one. Good luck!

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