Is my chick a he or a she?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tylexie, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Tylexie

    Tylexie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am unsure as to whether or not one of my chicks is a boy. We ordered pullets, but this chick seems like it might be a rooster. He/she is more explorative and energetic than the others. He/she will run toward any hand put into the brooder, and is already trying to escape. I REALLY hope she's a girl, because roosters aren't allowed where I live and I don't want to kill her. She is an Araucana.

    Is this behavior just normal chick behavior? Or is it specific to the breed?

    Please tell me that she is not actually a he.
     
  2. WillGriffin03

    WillGriffin03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Tylexie,

    It's really to early to tell, even though she might seem very energetic it may just be that she's a stronger chick and will grow to be bigger and stronger than the others. You don't have to kill it, you could try to re-home it though.

    To answer your question

    It is most likely just normal chick behavior and means she's more used to humans and more comfortable around them.

    Hope I can help,
    Will

    PS: When he/she is older use a card like a business card, put it against their neck feathers. A boy's will be pointy and a girls will be rounded.
     
  3. Tylexie

    Tylexie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, thank you SO much! That's a relief.
     
  4. WillGriffin03

    WillGriffin03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad I can help
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Your Araucana is probably an Easter Egger. True Araucana are only available via private breeders, and are not sold as sexed pullets.
    The behaviors are pretty normal, and don't necessarily indicate gender.
    If the chick is over 6 weeks old, we may be able to assess gender if you post a picture.
     
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you got your chicks from a breeder your "Araucana" is likely an Easter Egger. The ones we've had vary a lot in personality.
     
  7. Tylexie

    Tylexie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's an easter egger. And it's not more than 6 weeks old. Thanks.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    what ever, if it turns out to be male, find a home for it. Please don't kill it.
     
  9. Tylexie

    Tylexie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I promise I won't kill it. I will have trouble finding it a home who won't kill it, and that's what I meant when I said I didn't want to kill it. Everyone I've asked so far has said that they will kill it if we give it to them.
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Most cockerels are destined for the dinner table. Just a reality. Easter Egger cockerels are a bit easier to find homes for, than most other breeds. But this is part of keeping chickens. Sometimes you end up with a miss-sexed chick, and you need to have a plan for any chicks that do turn out to be male. Usually, that plan means being okay with somebody using that boy as a meal.
     

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