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How will I be able to tell the difference between a male and female chick?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickenLady2014, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    Hi everyone, I am a newbie here, love the site. In fact I haven't received my chicks yet, they are arriving Feb.3rd. I will be brooding my 15 chicks and an additional 21 chicks for a couple of other people. I will have them just until they are able to be in a coop without a brooder light. My dilemma is, I just realized after reading someone else's post; that I have 8 Rhode Island Reds coming ~ 7 hen's & 1 rooster. The rooster and 1 hen are to go to one person & the other 6 hens are to go to another person. How will I know which chick is the rooster? I will only have their chicks 4 to 6 weeks. I have never placed a order from a hatchery before, so I feel a little silly asking. Is it possible for them to tag the rooster or something like that? I appreciate any advice you might have ~ thank! [​IMG]
     
  2. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the hatchery can either put a band on the male chicks leg or mark the top of the chicks head.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Usually when the chicks are young you cannot determine the gender.
     
  4. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    Thanks for the quick reply, I will have to contact the hatchery tomorrow to see if they will tag the possible roo . I know that sexing is not 100% guaranteed, but a 90% odds are definitely better than me trying to guess at 5 weeks of age, LOL
     
  5. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    Thank for your reply [​IMG]
     

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