How to tell male from female

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mj79, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. mj79

    mj79 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2014
    We are new chicken owners and purchased 5 chicks this summer from a local breeder, of the 5, two died within 2 months and now the other 3 have all started crowing! I'm not familiar with the true sounds of a crow, is it possible its just some odd hen sound? Now that they are older, is there a way to tell males from females? They are silkie/frizzles.

    We live in the city, so unfortunately if they are truly roosters we will need to get rid of them to not bother our neighbors, our kids will be heartbroken :(
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    If it sounds like they are crowing then the chances are that you have unfortunately ended up with cockerels. To confirm, though, I would suggest you take and post photos of all three birds and start a thread in the breed/gender forum here :
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
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