How do I determine the sex of a chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by XL506, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. XL506

    XL506 In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    I've got some 5 week old baby Comet Pullet chickens.. how can I determine the sex of them?
  2. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    At several months of age (depending on the breed), they will grow "sex" feathers that will exhibit their gender. A pullet/hen will have short round feathers at the base of the neck (where the back curves) and again on the rear of her back (where her tail feathers will start). A cockrel/rooster will have long sharp/thin feathers in the same areas.

    There are those who can "sex" them for you, but I've been advised against it for very young chicks because it could break the yoke they have recently absorbed from being hatched......I hate to put my babies at risk to serve my curiosity.

    ...kinda like waiting on Christmas, isn't it....[​IMG]
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I believe Golden Comets are sex links. You should be able to tell right away what they are by their color; I dont know what color that would be, tho.
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Wanting only hens, my saying is, "If it crows, it goes."
  5. Flyingbavarian

    Flyingbavarian In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2008
    Central Oklahoma
    If you bought golden comet pullets you should have mostly hens. They should be reddish brown and the roosters will be mainly white.[​IMG]

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