New chicks, but are they roosters?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by audioguy, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. audioguy

    audioguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    Branchburg, NJ
    We got 3 new Cuckoo Marans chicks last week to add to our flock and cannot tell what the sex is. We checked the wing feathers and the spot on the head, but have no idea. We are not allowed roosters in our town, so here is a pic.


    Some say the spot on the head, can determine the sex.
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    With barred birds the chicks head spots are fairly reliable to sex them. A larger, splotchier dot are males and crisper smaller dots are the females.

    A quick glance at your photo two have sharp small head spots and the third looks iffy, possible male. Take a look at the spots and determine or take better pic of that third chicks head to post it here. Other means to determine are legs size and how they start to feather in. If that third chick has the stockiest legs and in a week note the speed of wing feathering. If that third chick is last to (slower than others to) get wing feathers and largest legs then your confident it's a male.
  3. LeJeune1

    LeJeune1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Allen Parish, LA
    Good Advice from EggheadJr, bigger disorganized spot indicates roo.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    From the color coming in on the wings, it looks like you have all females.

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