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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mike kirby, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. mike kirby

    mike kirby In the Brooder

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    Jul 22, 2007
    how old do your chickens have to be before they show signs of being male or female!!!
    nd what should i be lookin out for??

    thanx mike
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2007
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    about 6 weeks
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It varies between breeds. 6 weeks is good for most. I can sex leghorns based on combs at 3 weeks but for the life of me, not figure out silkies till about 2 months! And that is often just a guess....
     
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    my friend just bought a male with her order, and in my opinion you can tell, at a profile he has a bigger comb than all of the pullets hes apx 4 days
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, single comb varieties are very easy to tell... but at 4 days... especially if you have only a few birds or different types, it could be a hen still. Or some of those small combed girls can be guys that are late bloomers. A Leghorn pullet as a day old chick will have a visible comb while a silkie roo or other walnut/ pea/rose comb bird at the same age, will have just a flat spot on their heads or a tiny bump.
     

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