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smishi

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Jul 18, 2013
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Hi guys, I have recently hatched 7 chicks, two Sussex, two wyandottes, a vorwerk, an Orpington and a legbar, for a friend of mine who would like to restock her flock.
I have heard that the way to tell their gender is when their combs start growing-apparently males get theirs first.. However I just wondered if there was a way of telling their genders sooner? They are 3 weeks old today, and there are some wattles and combs peeking out already.. Can you tell by behaviour?
Thanks
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
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You can look through this for some clues, but most of this doesn’t really kick in until they are a bit older than yours. Some chicks are a lot easier to sex than others too. Normally I can tell with mine at about 5 weeks, but occasionally I have some that take a lot longer.

How to sex chicks
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48329

If you are already noticing combs and wattles, there is a really good chance those are male. No guarantees, but a real good chance, especially with wattles.

I would not count on behaviors at all at that age.
 

smishi

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 18, 2013
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You can look through this for some clues, but most of this doesn’t really kick in until they are a bit older than yours. Some chicks are a lot easier to sex than others too. Normally I can tell with mine at about 5 weeks, but occasionally I have some that take a lot longer.

How to sex chicks
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48329

If you are already noticing combs and wattles, there is a really good chance those are male. No guarantees, but a real good chance, especially with wattles.

I would not count on behaviors at all at that age.

Thank you! Yes I had a suspicion that those are males, also they are bolder and more likely to leap around and annoy the other quieter chicks.
 
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