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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PurplePoppiPpl, May 22, 2012.
i have 21 week old chicks and really want to know which ones are hens... i can only keep 1 rooster
It depends on the breed
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.
ooo i have buff orpingtons, ameracauna, speckled sussex, and silver laced wyandotte....
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.