how do i tell is i have hens or roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by redstar, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. redstar

    redstar In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2007
    central new york
    my son had bought 4 chicks for his children for easter well they didnt want them he brings them to me. now! what do i have hens or roosters? how can i tell, i dont want roosters but i cant do anything with them cos they are the kids...also when they are big enough can i put them with my other 2 redstars that are 2 yrs old that i raised, my redstars are like dogs i let them out the follow me around the yard i just dont want them to hurts the little ones, please help me thanks:barnie

  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    You look for pink combs that are larger than the other chicks, waddles that come in before the other birds, and thicker legs than the other chicks too. Those tend to be roosters. if you post some pictures we can all help you!

    You can put them all together, you might want to put them in sight of eachother for a few days, but separated by some fencing or something to mimimize pecking. They'll have to peck some to find their order, but you dont want someone losing feathers and bleeding.

    Someone else will have better ideas on mixing chickens.

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