Is there any tricks to sexing chickens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bubbazmommy, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are about 5 months old and I want to get the roosters out of the coop so the hens can have it to themselves. Is there any tricks of the trade so to speak?? We have a varied mix of chickens.
     
  2. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you believe in wives tales?

    I do some and just to test Grab you bird by the "ankle" (when young not grown) GENTLY. Slowly flip then. Roos should keep their tails down, hens should hold up their tail.

    It worked with my 3 hens:D
     
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Quote:Another version of this is, if they flap their wings they are roos, if they hang still they are hens.

    On some breeds, pullets wing feathers have 2 lengths, and roos have all the same length, but that is when they are way younger, never checked at five months.
     
  4. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can post the photos of the suspected roos we can help you sex them.
     
  5. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there are 17 i need help with......that is a lot of pictures
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    17, 5 month old chickens. The roos by this time should be larger than the girls and most likly crowing. Check for hackles and sickles. Best thing if you are unsure, is post a few group shots and we can probably pick out the ones that are roos, or would need a closer inspection.
     
  7. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:well try to seperate them, like in a dog crate of what you think they are. Then, try to take pics of whole group and close up of a few, same with other group.
     
  8. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will try tommorow. there is another thread where i was able to post one of my pics. [​IMG]
     
  9. felsbeck

    felsbeck New Egg

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    Check their legs for the quickest sex sort. The males will have little bumps on the inside, a bit above the toes, that are the beginnings of their spurs. These start growing at about 3 months, so you'll see definite differences from the females, who just have a spot, no protrusion.

    You can check Google for sites that describe sexing the birds by looking in their vents. At 5 months, this will be a lot easier than doing it with small chicks, as the males will be nearly sexually mature if not ready yet. (I've had some precocious cockerels that were into courting the girls by 4 1/2 months.)
     
  10. kpara

    kpara Out Of The Brooder

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    idk
     

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