Is there any tricks to sexing chickens?

bubbazmommy

Songster
11 Years
Oct 8, 2008
401
0
129
Albany, ME
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.
 

ncCHICKS

Songster
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
376
2
139
Hope Mills, NC
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
 

ibpboo

Where Chickens Ride Horses
12 Years
Jul 9, 2007
5,601
10
279
always changing
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.
 

silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
21,494
974
393
Everett WA/Corvallis OR
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.
 

ncCHICKS

Songster
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
376
2
139
Hope Mills, NC
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.
 

felsbeck

Hatching
11 Years
Oct 17, 2008
6
0
7
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.)
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom