How do I tell the hens from the roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JenDoll, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. JenDoll

    JenDoll New Egg

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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?
     
  2. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 [​IMG]

    -Austin
     
  3. JenDoll

    JenDoll New Egg

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    THanks, that helped a bunch. I think I might use the watch and grow method. [​IMG] Sounds like it might be a little easier.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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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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