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How do you tell the difference between male and female 4-6 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by daisy06, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had just gotten 4-6 wk old chicks and I was wondering how to tell the difference between male and female. I really want some hens. Is there a way to look at the feather growth or something? I could really use some help.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I usually look at the combs, but it's tricky when they are that young still. If you post some pics of them we may be able to tell you.
     
  3. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry they are not good pictures. I'll try to get more later.
     
  4. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are those chicks? I hve a hen thatis older with same markings as your red/white one. No clue on breed, and I have some hen and rooster chicks like your black, I was told cochin mix. I hatched them from eggs so it's hard to go by what people say when they have more then one breed and are guessing their breed the eggs are.

    My black ones I tried determining a week ago and then now at 5 weeks old the boys combs are getting bigger. Need a front pic of your red/white chick to see it's comb.
     
  5. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first one is a buff laced brahma I think. The others are silkies. What kind of comb is your black chicks getting? Silkies have a walnut comb. I could try to get a front picture of the brahma but it will be hard. She(maybe a she[​IMG]) is super camera shy. Could you post a picture of your black chicks? I'd like to see if they are silkies.
     
  6. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have a regular comb. But really do look like your black chicks. at least my pullet chicks that are black do.
     
  7. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm....Could they be frizzles? Are their feathers curlyish or soft and fuzzy?
     
  8. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could be frizzles. I would take pictures but I took them to my moms already.
     
  9. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well Frizzles (atleast mine is) are good layers, I think. Mine was the first of my flock to ever lay an egg.
     
  10. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well that's good news. My mom was hoping for good laying hens. I also gave her a new rooster. Get some new blood in her flock. Plus If I ever get a house we'll be taking that rooster back and giving her a different one. :D
     

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