how can i tell?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SarahF, May 8, 2007.

  1. SarahF

    SarahF Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello...I know i dont have the correct terminology yet, as I am a new chicken mom, two weeks old today, but how can i tell the difference between females and males? I just figured out that I have 4 barred rock and 1 australorp, but i ordered all barred rock. surprise surprise.
    If someone could let me know that'd be great.
     
  2. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a photo of my Barred Rock pullet at 1.5 weeks- maybe it will help to compare to yours. The other is a RIR (another BR in the background):

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  3. SarahF

    SarahF Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, my 4 look like that, and the other has a white face and under the neck to the belly is all white....im so flustered about this. It was my husbands project and now im 'stuck' doing all the work because he is too busy. i feel like i dont know enough. the very first night we had them, one died. and i just found out i cant replace him now because you can not mix ages. and than the man from the feed store asked 'are you sure you have any roosters?' if i could reach thru the phone and choke him i would. how can i tell? any help?
     
  4. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the breed of course but as they grow...watch for which ones grow out their tail feathers first...these tend to be pullets. The ones who develop combs and wattles first tend to be cockerals...especially if redder! Good Luck!
     
  5. SarahF

    SarahF Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, the one that I think is a Australorp is growing feathers much slower than the rest. All the Barred Rock have tail feathers and their wings are very distinctively black and white stripes now. The Aust. is still fuzzy with minimul wing feathers. I'll have to get some pictures up and have you look. I do love them very much, just frustrated with an unexpected responsibility. thank you for your advice and encouragement.
     
  6. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SarahF- I don't see how it'd be a problem to mix ages when they are that young. I've mixed 2 week olds with up to a week olds with no problem. I guess I wouldn't try it with 3 or 4 week olds and week old chicks. Besides, they grow so fast that if you had a couple or 3 week old chicks kept separately, it wouldn't take long before you could put them all together. jmo.
     

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