how to tell if hen or cockerel

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kimehag, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. kimehag

    kimehag Out Of The Brooder

    any suggestions on how to tell if hen or cock my 3 chicks are 4 weeks old any tips please .......
  2. Bufster2

    Bufster2 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2015
    Dark red combd,and wattles,bigger then the hens.
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Knowing the breed helps. Photos are useful too.

    At 5 weeks and up cockerels do start to show red color in combs. Many and dare I say most chickens are feather sexable. There's a bit to feather sexing but the quick and easy is to note which birds have wing feathers first. It's usually a huge difference between the sexes with the pullets growing wing feathers first. Fuzzy head and body with feathered wings. Your at the age to be seeing this.

    From hatch noting the leg size is fairly accurate too. Large legs-cockerel.
  4. kimehag

    kimehag Out Of The Brooder

    ok will look thankssssssss
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    X2 on Egghead Jr. A bird at this age with a large red comb would likely be a cockerel. But, it gets easier to determine gender as birds get older- by 14 weeks or so, males will be developing pointy saddle feathers and hackle feathers.

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