1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

New Here- Have some questions!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by boringflock, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. boringflock

    boringflock Hatching

    Mar 4, 2012
    Hello fellow chicken enthusiasts! I am new to the BYC forum, and although I grew up having chickens, I've never raised my own flock- until now!

    Currently I have a year old Dark Brahma, a two year old Buff Orpington, a two year old Ameraucana, a two year old Silver Laced Wyandotte and a two year old Rhode Island Red- all of which are hens and currently laying about an egg a day.
    I couldn't wait for my chicks to get to laying age so I bought some that were already laying!!

    Now to the chicks- I've got 3 different batches- 3 week olds, 2 week olds and a group that will be one week this Thursday.
    My brother and I went a little overboard with the chicks, but we couldn't help ourselves! We are going to be supplying all of our family and friends with nice fresh eggs once they start laying!! It's a good thing we have plenty of room and 2 huge chicken coops already!

    Anyways, here's what we have:
    3 week olds-
    5 Welsummers (my guess is we have one roo)
    9 Jersey Black Giants (I think 3 are Roo's, we started with 10 and lost one)
    2 Light Brahmas (I was told they are both girls)

    2 week olds-
    5 Araucanas (they all look different and I was told they are all girls)
    3 Cuckoo Marans (one roo determined by feathers)
    2 New Hamphshire Reds (both were sexed as girls)

    Almost 1 week olds-
    3 Blue Andalusians (sexed as girls)
    2 Danish Brown Leghorngs (girls)
    10 Red Broilers (they are going to be grass fed after they turn 3-4 weeks old, then they will be dinner)

    If I mentione that they are girls, I was told that by the feed store where I got them. I only suspect the roosters based on the wing feathers at one day old. Each group has their own brooder with plenty of room.
    My questions are besides waiting for them to fully develop and start to crow, how can I tell the roosters apart in each of my little chick flocks?
    It would be hard to get individual pics of them all, but im going to try and get pics of the most questionable ones. Until then, can anyone tell me some sex specific traits for each breed that I could look for at their respective ages?
    Im really hoping I have one Cuckoo Roo and the other two Cuckoos are hens. Other than that I would like one JBG Roo and then I will give away the other Roos.

    Im trying to get two different flocks goin, each having one Roo and 13 hens. The goal Is to get some olive eggers, and then some random cool mixes.

    Anyways, hope someone can help!
    Thanks in advance for any help, this site has already helped me out tremendously!!

  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Welcome to byc. I don't know if this is a good answer to your question but roosters at around 8 weeks old start growing there hackle feathers and saddle feathers. They will be pointed on the end for male, and rounded at the ends for female. Don't know if this will help.
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

    Aug 14, 2011
    the Araucanas are gonna be ee's more than likely since they came from a feed store. at about 6 weeks you can post pics and most will be able to help 12 weeks will also be better since they would be older...you can tell by comb and wattle development and the redness of the comb and wattle to as well
  4. boringflock

    boringflock Hatching

    Mar 4, 2012
    Well, we ended up with:

    5 Welsummer Pullets
    6 BJG Pullets, 3 BJG Roosters
    2 Light Brahma Pullets

    2 Cuckoo Maran Pullets, 1 Rooster
    5 EE Pullets
    2 NHR Pullets

    2 Blue Andalusian Pullets, 1 Rooster
    2 Brown Leghorn Pullets
    6 Red Broiler Pullets, 4 Roosters

    We also bought a couple more chicks :)

    1 Blue Cochin Pullet- she is 2 weeks
    3 Turken Pullets- all 2 weeks
    2 Blue Silkies- one day old, sex ???

    I can't wait for the Cochin to mature, she is my favorite!! I got the silkies because I'm hoping at least one turns into a hen, it would be best to have both, so we have a nice broody hen!!

    I plan on keeping the Blue Andalusian trio with the Cochin, and possibly with the Turkens. But if I end up with a silkie roo I might let him be the leader of the Turkens.
    I plan on keeping the Maran rooster around, but cull the Jersey Giant Rooster. The Maran will have all the other hens with him, besides the Andalusians Turkens Silkies and Cochin.
    Hopefully I get some fertile eggs of a CM/EE or pureCM or CM/Wel or the other crosses for my broody silkie(if i get one) to raise!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by