How do I tell the hens from the roosters?

JenDoll

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 14, 2009
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I'm wanting to get into the chicken business. I'm getting an incubator and getting all set up. I have Buff Orpington chickens. What I was wondering was when they hatch out, how do I tell the day old hens from the roosters?
 

lowcountrypoultry

Songster
11 Years
Jan 30, 2008
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You would have to vent sex them, or wait until they mature.

Look up "vent sexing baby chicks" on google, or "vent sexing" here on BYC search.

Best Of Luck
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-Austin
 

JenDoll

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 14, 2009
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Texas
THanks, that helped a bunch. I think I might use the watch and grow method.
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Sounds like it might be a little easier.
 

hinkjc

Crowing
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Jan 11, 2007
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You can usually tell on buff orps by 5-6 weeks old. The boys comb gets bigger and redder faster. The girls don't get red comb until they are almost ready to lay.
 

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