how soon can you tell sex

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jjakaus, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. jjakaus

    jjakaus Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 new chicks, although 3 of them are almost 2 weeks old. How soon can I tell the difference? I really dont want any roosters, but I hate to get too attached! REALLY new at this!!


    Thanks
    Janice
     
  2. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed that the hens will grow tail feathers before the males do. check their tails. At 2 weeks it's the easiest to tell.
     
  3. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster started growing his waddle sooner, and his legs were alot bigger. (thicker)
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on the breed. Some you can tell right away, while others keep you guessing for a long time.
     
  5. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've guessed based on a lot of things, but it really varies by breed. I'd research the tell-tale signs for your specific birds.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The males will start to develop their combs and wattles before the females. You may be able to tell when they are a month old but as times goes on it will be more evident. By two months you will know pretty well. Here are some pictures of some chicks that are just over 6 weeks.
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  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Ditto! It's especially difficult if you only have one bird of a breed (nothing to compare against) or if you have mixed lineage chicks like Easter Eggers since their looks are so variable.
     

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