How to tell a rooster from a hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by aileronjack, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. aileronjack

    aileronjack Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pollock, LA
    Our chicks are about a month old and I still can't tell the roosters from the hens. Is it possible to determine the difference between them at such a young age? If so, how can I tell?
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    it depends on the breed, some are easy, some aren't..
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    do you have pics?
  4. sewincircle

    sewincircle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central New York
    From my experience I have found that the females feather out fast than the males. Some breeds are color sexed. With females being of one color and males being another. Or having certain dots on their tops of their heads. Roos combs in some breed appear bigger and faster. What breed are you asking about?
  5. aileronjack

    aileronjack Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pollock, LA
    These are Rhode Island Reds.
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    the roo should have a good sized comb compared to the hen , but you may have to wait a couple more weeks to see,, and the roo's wattles will also be bigger,, i just got rid of my last 2 2month olds, or i could have shown ya a pic.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hi aileronjack and welcome to BYC.
    If you post some pics, we might be able to help you determine the sex. If you need some help learning to post pics, feel free to PM me and I'll try to help you.
    Many breeds start to show the secondary sex characteristics at 4 to 6 weeks.
    Here's some of the things to look for:

    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
    2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

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