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How do I tell if a chick is female or male

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Top Rooster, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

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    I got 2 chicks recently they are about 2 weeks old one is a buff orphington the other we don't know but all of a sudden the Buff got a nice sized puffy tail it's not feathers it's just a bunch of puff with feathers at the bottom the other chick the other chicke doesn't really have much of a tail yet we know she is hen though but we're not sure about the buff because of his/her large tail at only 2 weeks
     

  2. Hi there and welcome to BYC!

    I think that that is too young to tell based on feathering. The main feathering differences come at a couple months I think(I always forget the exact timeline..) and that would be with hackle(at neck) and saddle(just before the tail) feathers before the tail feathers get enormous.

    As for a puff of feathers, that's probably just your chick starting to feather out for its first time and just managed to do it first! :)

    I wouldn't worry about the chick being male.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Buff Orpingtons are one of those breeds where hens will feather out faster than roosters, so a tail full of feathers will usually mean a female as roosters will often just have wing feathers at that age.
     
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    Post a picture please, would help us help you
     
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  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    Thanks for posting the pic, unfortunately they're pretty young yet but they are so cute! Post their pics when they're au 6 - 8wks, we'll be looking at their comb/wattle & how they're feathering (saddle/base of tail & hackle/neck). Enjoy them!
     

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