I am so new to chickens! Any help is appreciated!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by yle kiot, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. yle kiot

    yle kiot Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have this chicken which I was told is maybe 8 weeks old?? Any ideas if it is a rooster or a hen? How old do they have to be before you can tell?

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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. It depends on the specific breed or kind of chicken. If you can post a picture (full body profile showing its legs), maybe we can ID it for you. You might also want to post it on our What Breed or Gender is This? section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this. Feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on the link provided by Michael. Roosters will develop larger and redder combs and wattles at an earlier age. They will feather out more slowly and have pointy saddle and hackle feathers. Usually by 10-15 weeks you can tell for sure.

    Glad you joined us!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely post a pic in our What Breed and Gender section of the forums for more help. As Mountain Peeps has said, generally cockerels will develop pointy saddle and hackle feathers, their legs will be thicker and the combs, wattles and ear lobes grow much larger than pullets.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    X3 on the above, it appears you may have attempted to post a picture in your post, but it was not successful. Look forward to seeing your picture!
     
  6. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC. There is a wealth of information on this site. Best of luck.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
     
  9. yle kiot

    yle kiot Out Of The Brooder

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    So here is the best I could get for a full profile ... they are fast little buggers! I'm so hoping it's a hen, but from what I am reading, I am completely confused.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm still not seeing a picture. Not sure what is going on with your post.
     

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