How old and how do you tell if it's a rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickylet, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Chickylet

    Chickylet Chirping

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    Hi,

    Have some 1-1/2 wk old chicks. 90% sexed, but there's always a chance a rooster is in there. My question is when will I know? And how will I know?

    Thanks,
    Elissa
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Usually the itty bitty cockerel will have a larger comb and wattles than his sisters. Hard to tell though until the are about six weeks old.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yep, 6-8 weeks should tell the tale with most breeds...sometimes sooner.
    Bigger and redder combs and wattles are often screamingly obvious.
     
  4. brewfarm

    brewfarm In the Brooder

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    Yup. I've got Rhode Island Reds. When they were about 6 weeks old the cockerels stood out. Their combs were a slightly different shade of red and bigger.
     
  5. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

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    Cant u guess a little by the feathers?
     
  6. brewfarm

    brewfarm In the Brooder

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    From what I've heard, at the hatchery, they sex the chicks by looking at the feather length on the leading edge of the wing-or something like that. But, no you can't tell the difference just by looking at the feathers. At least not with Rhode Island Reds.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Hatcheries use vent sexing....an examining of the inside of the vent. The difference between masle and female is often minimal, causing the 5-15% error rate. Below is an illustration of why it is an art rather than a science
    Left Cockerel Right Pullet.jpg
    Wing feather s ecing is on applicable to chicks bred specifically for it by crossing fast and slow feathering patent lines, resulting in chicks with sex linked feathering rates thst can be read in the first three days of life.
     
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  8. brewfarm

    brewfarm In the Brooder

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    Wow that's kinda cool.
     
  9. peckpeckpeck

    peckpeckpeck Songster

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    @Ol Grey Mare You are truly a wealth of knowledge!
    Looking at those pix, I realize it's also a miracle that we get even 90% accuracy!! :eek:
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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