how early can you tell if a chick is male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PurplePoppiPpl, May 22, 2012.

  1. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    i have 21 week old chicks and really want to know which ones are hens... i can only keep 1 rooster :( [​IMG]
     
  2. cutipatooti

    cutipatooti Songster

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    It depends on the breed
     
  3. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

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    Most of the time it will take about 3 weeks, and also the variety, too. Example would be Black Breasted Red OEG's, the roos have a black chest, but the hens don't.
     
  4. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    ooo i have buff orpingtons, ameracauna, speckled sussex, and silver laced wyandotte....
     
  5. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

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    BO's are a little harder to sex because they're just big buffs, all the same color.


    Though, roosters have sickle feathers (shiny curved feathers on the tail) and pointy hackles ( feathers at the base of the neck) and hens have the opposite.

    I think speckled Sussex chickens are a little easier to sex because the roosters usually have a darker brown plumage, I noticed.
     

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