how to tell a pullet from a cockrel

dizidani

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we have several chickens that are just now maturing to the egg laying age. We had several that were very obviously roosters so culled out all but one that we wanted to keep. Now we have several more that we just can't tell. I know there has to be a way to tell otherwise they couldn't sell the chicks as all pullets instead of straight run. Somebody give me a clue?
 

Cloverleaf Farm

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Really depends on the breeds, some can be super tricky...pics would help though!
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pgpoultry

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As the last poster said, some are so tricky you almost have to wait for crowing or egg laying.
DO post pics....it is likely that someone can help.

Sandie
 

ADozenGirlz

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As day old chicks, there is a method for sexing chickens, but it takes LOTS of training and experience to do it. It is an occupation and an art form, not a trick you can just pick up. Even with years of training and experience, professional chicken sexers are only correct 90% of the time (not bad, but not 100% either!).
As far as older chickens, some roos become obvious earlier than others, as you have noticed. Sometimes the comb and wattle color/shape, development is a tip off, sometimes the feathering pattern is a clue. It really depends on the age and breed of the chickens.
If you post some pictures I'm sure folks on here will be happy to give you their opinions as to the gender and their rationale for their opinions.
Good luck!
 

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