How old before if I can tell if my chickens are roosters or hens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by robjacmom, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. robjacmom

    robjacmom In the Brooder

    My chickens are almost 3 months old. Only one looks like a rooster.
    I should be able to tell by now what is what right?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  3. Your eyes adapt, through experience, to seeing the difference very early on. At 6 weeks, most single combed breeds already give themselves away. The little cockerels are the first to sprout reddish combs and little red wattles under their beaks. The pullets don't generally show much redness until much closer to their time of laying.

    Males often have stouter legs and look taller, with head held high. Their role, by nature, is to serve as lookout and so both their bodies and their behaviors reflect this nature assigned role. The taller, more upright stance is also required as it is they who will mount the females in breeding.

    The female, by nature, is often lower to the ground. In many breeds, her coloration is far less intense. Better to camouflage her in laying and brooding. Her lower stance also makes laying an egg, closer to the ground, much easier to accomplish.

    After many years of keeping chickens, your eye becomes trained to note these differences and make the distinction.
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, robjacmom, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Fred's Hens stated it better than I could have. Best of luck to you!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Well said by Fred's Hens.
  6. Joshua G

    Joshua G Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Hixson, TN
    Roosters (unless it is a Sebright or a Campine) tend to have longer, pointed saddle and hackle feathers.

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] you could post photos on "what gender or breed is this."
  8. chubbycat21

    chubbycat21 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2013
    new york
    Roosters can be more aggressive.
  9. robjacmom

    robjacmom In the Brooder

    I think I'm okay then, in my city your not allowed to have roosters. The one that we are pretty sure is the only rooster got the red comb and and wattles first.
    So we randomly picked 6 chicks and only one was a rooster! So we did good! But I'm so sad [​IMG] because we don't want to give Dotty up, (we gave all the chicks girl names.)
    Thanks for responding I feel welcomed! [​IMG]
  10. robjacmom

    robjacmom In the Brooder

    To the other chickens? Our rooster is so sweet. We love him, but can't have roosters in my city.[​IMG]

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