male or female howdo you tell?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickchicks, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do you tell when chicks grow up if they are gong to be male or female?


    i have three babies about 6/7 weeks old
    they are BO, silverlace Wyandotte, barnevelder.

    as i said theya re still young im just not sure what to look out for as i amnot sure when the spurs or the crowing would occure.
    i do knowthat the silverlace loves to fight and do a funny neck dance and stare out the others then pounces onthem and pulls feathers ( so im not sure she is a she [​IMG] )

    if any one could give me somegeneral ideas on what to look out for it would be really appreciated

    thank you
     
  2. Jloeffler

    Jloeffler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do any of them have combs that are bigger than the others, even if they are all the same color? Also, feathers low along their backs (hackle feathers) on Roos tend to be long, thin, and pointy. Hens have fatter, rounder feathers. My RIRs were VERY easy to tell apart by 12 weeks just by looking at the combs. The hens combs didn't turn red and enlarge until approx. 18 weeks. Hope this helps! I'm by far and away NOT an expert, so if I've miss enforced you, I hope a knowledgeable person will correct me. And [​IMG] congratulations on your chicks!
     
  3. franh

    franh Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Chickchicks

    Nice to see someone else from the UK [​IMG]

    Not sure what a BO is? Not quite up on the acronyms yet! But have raised some silver laced wyandottes this year. I found that my girls all feathered up much quicker than the boys, especially down the back almost a complete set of feathers. Too soon to tell about the comb with them but by week 10 you should be to see quite easily, the girls will still have a flat comb very close to the head and the boys one will be sticking out and a bit knobbly!! Quite difficult to sex the silver laces because the boys markings are so alike to the girls.

    Good luck tho
     
  4. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you very much , i will closely take a look at them all.
    i only started with chickens my self injune/july this year! so imout of myleague a little

    i will take a look at the feathers and teh combs when i get home. if i remember rightly my fav the BO ( its a buff Orpington) has already started with a comb and has a small set of waddles i thinkthere called started to grow already ill be devistated is nugget is male [​IMG]

    i am struggling so much as i dont have two of the same breed and was unsure if i should see them as seporate or all the same when comparing as they seem to grow on different rates.


    the feathers when you say long and thin is that on the back or the tail feasthers? as neither the wyan or the BO have tail feasthers yet so ill have to wait if thats the case.

    ypou can see pictures of them if i can work out how its done
    many thank s

    andyes its lovely to see another from the UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay
     
  5. franh

    franh Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh Buff Orpinton doh!!

    Pics would be great, I know really hard to sex when just one to look at .
     
  6. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] - nugget the Buff Orpington
    [​IMG] - dotty the silver lace
    [​IMG] - zelda the barnevelder



    hope i can get somewhere before its too late ( males are a nono where i live as i am in a street with people all around !)
     
  7. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry the pictures are small its the best i can do at the moment
    im really bad with tecnology haha
     
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    There's a board (What Breed/Gender?) where you can post your pictures and then people who have experience with your breeds will weigh in. Sometimes you'll get lucky and a breeder will spot your post and tell you with near certainty.
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:These chicks are only 6-7 weeks so it's a bit too early for pointy saddle/hackle feathers. They'll feather up and then have a couple of juvenile molts before you begin to see those pointy feathers on males (I could spot them emerging at 11-12 weeks by parting the baby feathers with my EE boy).
     
  10. Jloeffler

    Jloeffler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
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    Quote:These chicks are only 6-7 weeks so it's a bit too early for pointy saddle/hackle feathers. They'll feather up and then have a couple of juvenile molts before you begin to see those pointy feathers on males (I could spot them emerging at 11-12 weeks by parting the baby feathers with my EE boy).

    Thanks! I couldn't remember when exactly I started seeing those feathers on my roos. Comb and wattle will probably be your first indicator. We had over a month between being sure they were boys to the first crow. I want to say even more like two months. Too bad you're so far away! I'd love a BO roo!!
     
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