How old before I can tell

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Conchis, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Conchis

    Conchis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I'm new to the whole hatching chicks out. I just hatched my first 3 ever. Before this I've always just ordered from a hatchery and I've always had really good luck, but I have to tell you that incubating eggs is a total addiction and I'll be doing lots more I think. The ones I've ordered have always been sexed (and other than one mistake they made) it's always be spot on so I really don't have any experience in trying to figure out which is a rooster and which a hen......so, how old will they be before I can make a reasonable stab at it. One is a Wheaten Maran and the other two are Americauna....they are all pretty cute, I have to say.
     
  2. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can usually be certain by 5-6 weeks on Marans, but Ameraucana are a whole other story. Pea combs are very hard to distinguish and I am usually waiting on hackle and saddle feathers to be certain.
     
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  3. Conchis

    Conchis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent! At least I won't be driving myself crazy for a little while then. The Maran's look like they are such different colors between the roo and the hen that I thought I might be able to tell early. The Marans are Blue Marans I think and the two of those look so much alike, I might be able to tell until they start laying eggs or not.
     
  4. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The combs will likley give the Marans away early, the males comb will be much larger than the females by 6-8 weeks. Ameraucanas tend to be sit and wait on feathers for me.
     

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