I need a lesson on what sex these 4 week old chicks are.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by robertshaver, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. robertshaver

    robertshaver New Egg

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    Lets see if I can get the pics on
     
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Post your photos. Some breeds are easy to sex at 4 weeks, some are very difficult. Black and white purebreds, for instance, are very difficult to sex much before 15 weeks.

    Some things to look for:
    Comb and wattle development. Does the bird in question have a larger, redder comb and more developed wattles than some of the others?
    Stance: Does the bird stand taller than the others?
    Aggression: Is the bird less afraid than the others?
    Feathering: is the bird feathering slower than some of the others?
    Legs: are the legs thicker than other birds' legs?

    All of these are just signs, however. None of them are sure-fire ways to tell a cockerel except maybe the comb/wattle development. For many birds, four weeks is simply too young to sex. Post your photos and we'll help you out if we can.
     
  4. robertshaver

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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of these birds look like pullets to me. Still, post more photos when they are older for another opinion. I'm not seeing any obvious rooster signs.
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

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    A bit hard to tell from your photos. Close-up headshots would help.

    There are no obvious signs of cockerels, as Wyandottes said above. But it's often almost impossible to sex chicks before eight weeks.
     
  7. robertshaver

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    Ok I will get some better head shots in a couple weeks. Thanks for all the quick responses. I love this website and forum. Everyone is so helpful. Thanks again. Robert
     

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