Male or Female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ScottKelly1974, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. ScottKelly1974

    ScottKelly1974 Chirping

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    This may sound like a stupid question and from me I should know. I had starter flock, lost most of them, but I was raising chicks from those chickens before the Lynx killed most of my adult chickens. As baby chicks, first week of age, I was able to tell the bays and girls apart.

    Because of the Lynx, I have been going without any new eggs since October and have been using store bought eggs. The reason is the survivors all except one broody hen are five months or younger. Also, because of the Lynx I've decided to keep the chicks to replace the ones lost.

    But now my "oldest" chicks are showing maturity. The five month old group were supposed to be all makes, but now I'm looking at some of them and I don't see the classic rooster tail. One is a rooster and he has made some crows. Their behavior says male but the broody hen did face off with some of them just like a rooster. This tells me that behavior alone is not going to tell me who's a male. So

    Is there a way to determine the sex of the nearly mature chickens?

    For the breed, I have Buff Orpingtons, one a Buff and Cinnamon cross (possibly female), Lavender orpington, and Ayam Cermani. However, I know one AC is a cockerel and the others are pullets. IMG_1959.JPG IMG_1964.JPG
     
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  2. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Pancake!

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    That is a cockerel.
     
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  3. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Pancake!

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    Here are some diagrams comparing the feathers that I think might help you out ;)
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    Also, comb growth, and redness, especially at a young age usually means cockerel
     
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  4. ScottKelly1974

    ScottKelly1974 Chirping

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    I agree with you on the comb and redness, however, in past years the hens matured at or just after five months of age. So for them now they all have red. Also my lead hen, being one of the mothers, had been mistaken for a rooster a few times because she did have a large comb and waddles compared to the other hens, but not as big as the rooster who fathered this group. Then another hen did have two center pointy tail feathers until she sheed them.

    Thank you for the information.
     
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  5. ScottKelly1974

    ScottKelly1974 Chirping

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    OK. I know the black one is a cockerel. I took those before I put the no crow collar on him. Those were the only recent pictures I had. I took new ones. The first picture is of the one that has rounded tail feathers. I think that is the cinnamon baby. This is the one that has me second guessing. The rest I'm sure of. IMG_2009.JPG IMG_2010.JPG IMG_2011.JPG IMG_2012.JPG IMG_2013.JPG IMG_2014.JPG IMG_2015.JPG IMG_2016.JPG IMG_2017.JPG IMG_2018.JPG IMG_2019.JPG IMG_2020.JPG IMG_2021.JPG IMG_2022.JPG IMG_2023.JPG IMG_2024.JPG IMG_2025.JPG IMG_2026.JPG IMG_2027.JPG IMG_2028.JPG IMG_2029.JPG IMG_2030.JPG
     
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  6. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Cockerel.
     
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  7. Kale Chips

    Kale Chips Songster

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    The beautiful black bird in the first pictures is definitely a boy like you said, and then the big Orpington that is larger, darker, and has a redder comb is definitely a roo as well. The rest look to be nice hens :)
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    'Features' birds are both cockerels.
     
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  9. SongBaby33

    SongBaby33 Crowing

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    Definitely rooster
     
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  10. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    Cockerels
     
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