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Need help with determining chicks' gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bloom_ss, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    These chicks were sold as Ameraucanas, but from what I have read here they are considered EE chicks. They were hatched on June 15th so they are about 4 weeks old now. They are supposed to be all pullets, and I really hope they are because we aren't allowed to have any roosters here in town. Is it too early to tell with them still?? Here are some pictures I have taken of them:

    This is the one the kids have named Friendly...the only one that isn't scared to death of us.[​IMG]



    Chick #2 (the only one that looks totally different from the others):


    Chick #3:


    Chick #4:


    Chick #5:


    Chick #6:


    So is there any way to tell if any of them are roosters?? Thanks for your help!!

  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    EE's are all going to look different because their mixes, as far as boy/girl to early for me. [​IMG]
  3. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    the latest trick i've been cued into is to look at the saddle feathers. they are the feathers that lay on the back, the tips of which lay where the tail feathers grow out of on the tail.

    if they're long and thin, roosters. if they're shorter and round, they're hens
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Quote:Except that these chicks are too young to have them... My EE cockerel started to get his pointy saddle feathers around 11 weeks and he was early.

    They all look like pullets so far but it's early.
  5. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    yeah, i didn't even know about the saddle feather sexing until a day or so ago, so i wasn't paying attention to when they came in.

    everything i've read, though, states EE's are difficult to sex early
  6. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    pretty sure friendly is a girl...
  7. kittykittykitty

    kittykittykitty Luvin My Chickies

    Jul 5, 2011
    an egg
    Dude u could tell from day 1 if u feather sexed!!!
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    friendly looks like a girl. Chick #2 also looks like a possible girl - the colors are very similar to an older one I have that I feel pretty sure is a girl at 15 weeks. As for saddle feathers, those come in at around 13+ weeks (my EE roo is just getting them in and he's 15 weeks old). Feather sexing only works on certain chicks - fast feathered paired with slow feathered, IIRC. It's a bit too early to tell with EE's - but so far so good. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011
  9. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    They all look like pullets to me. Coloring looks like a pullet's and the combs would be big and red with 3 rows ...

    Here's one of my 4 week EE roos...

    and a comb shot...
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

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