how do you tell if a baby chick is a rooster or a pullet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stewy04, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. stewy04

    stewy04 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2011
    i was wondering if anybody knew how to tell that while there baby's?
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Theres honastly no way to tell for sure. Theres many ways people will tell you,

    but theres really only a 50/50 chance that it will be correct. I would figure vent

    sexing is the 'best' way, but you shouldn't attempt this with-out knowing what

    your doing. You need to have someone help you with it. Somone experienced.

    You could injure you chicks if you try this with-out knowing exactly how to do

    this. I would just wait until they are around 5-6 months old, when you can normally

    tell by the coloring of feathers, size of combs, etc.

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2011
  3. moomee56

    moomee56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    So. Cal
    There are also some old wives tales about holding them, and the shape of the eggs, but I don't really know if they work or not. [​IMG]
  4. RGWright

    RGWright Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2011
    NW Missouri
    You can always look at sex links. My personal favorite is the Red Star. These little chicks can be sexed by color at hatch. [​IMG]
  5. BoldogKennel

    BoldogKennel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    Washington State
    I thought you could tell because hens get their primary wing feather tips first?

    Also, you can tell at about 8 weeks or so by their combs or lack there of if you can compare the sexes.

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