Is it possible to tell if these are roosters? Photos...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by festivefeet, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. festivefeet

    festivefeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my two "Easter Eggers".

    Is it possible to tell if one is a rooster?


    POLLY:
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    Polly's Wing Span:
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    MOLLY:
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    Molly's Wing Span:
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    Thanks.
    Jessica
     
  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know if you can officially feather sex EE's, but I think the rule is that if the feathers are different lengths, it's a pullet. So, looks like Polly may be a girl and Molly may be a Mel [​IMG]

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    they both look like females to me.

    usually righ from the start a young roo will have a pronounced comb/wattles that is a dead give away.

    neither of your chicks have that!

    sooo... time will tell otherwise?

    good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    They look just like my little pullets [​IMG]
    Congrats on the beauties.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Way too early to tell.
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    I think it is too early to tell. I have 49 chicks (2.5 wks old). We ordered a straight run, so theoretically 50% are roos. Aside from behavior and a few that can either be sexed based on feather color (faverolles), we haven't a clue. All have the same size wattles and combs and they are all still yellow. Sometimes you can't tell until they are 4-6 weeks old.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's too early to tell and EEs don't usually have wattles anyway. You'll need to look at the combs to see if they are wide and raised up or only a center ridge is showing. BUT, it's too early for that, too.
     
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

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    Quote:yep. i agree. some EE's can be hard to call until they are more mature.

    they are both, however very cute!
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Is it possible? Probably. But not by me. I'm no good at that stuff.

    There are always plenty of folks to avow, "Oh, its this - or that. It's a pullet (or cockerel) for sure" AND you have provided some excellent pics....
    but I recommend that if you're indoubt, just wait for about 6-8 weeks. You'll know then.
     
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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Ah, yes, I often use the "wait and see" method of sexing, LOL. It's pretty much foolproof....except with those darn Silkies!!!
     

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