How soon can you tell between hen and rooser?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by khowell31875, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. khowell31875

    khowell31875 In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    I got 5 barred rock and 3 silkies when they were 5 days old. They are now 3 weeks and I notice that 1 looks different that the rest. How do you tell there sex?
  2. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Barred Rocks have spots on their heads that can tell you the sex of them, also the coloring is different on them. I believe a smaller, more compact spot on its head indicates hen and a larger more sparse spot is a roo. Also, I think the roos are darker than the hens, not positive on this one though. Silkies, they are really hard to sex until they are older. I have 14 week old silkies, and I thought I had 1 roo and 2 hens, the one roo became fairly evident at about 6-7 weeks, but just this last week or so I have discovered that I actually have 2 roo's and 1 hen.
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Usually at 3 to five weeks depending on the chicken and/or breed. Post pics and we'll give it a shot!
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    wow I didn't know both male and female had spots on their heads with barred rocks. I thought it was only the female! I hope the one I gave away as a girl is really a girl! Anyway, I can tell pretty early with mine. They are two weeks old now and I can see the difference already. It's easier when you have both sexes to compare to that's for sure! Good luck!

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