NEW TO CHICKEN'S - How can i tell if they are hen's or Roo's

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mrsherman, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. mrsherman

    mrsherman Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all.. I am very new to raising chickens..i have bought many off line and have about 30 in my incubator now..I have spent lot's of time and money on a coup..anyone have any helpful advice for a newbe?? also how do you tell if they are hen's or roo's??[​IMG]
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    The hens lay eggs
     
  3. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

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    If a rooster lays an egg on top of the barn that faces south, in may, on an odd numbered day of a month that ends in "y" in an even numberd year, which side will it roll of?[​IMG]
     
  4. JSC

    JSC Out Of The Brooder

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    The roo's will start looking like this one when they get older. When they are chicks................ it's a waiting game. [​IMG]

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  5. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've heard, you can't really tell anything until they crow or lay an egg! It's probably the most frustrating thing about raising chicks!! There are lots of ways to tell, but since there are always exceptions to any rule, you can't count on them. From what I've learned in the past three weeks:

    Roos get their combs and wattles earlier than pullets. They also turn red sooner.

    Pullets feather out faster.

    Roos tend to have thicker, heavier legs.

    Nothing is fool-proof. If you read around on this forum, you'll learn a lot about sexing birds...some of it is probably true and some of it is just old wives tales that sometimes work and sometimes don't. [​IMG]

    Good luck and enjoy your chicks!!! And [​IMG]
     
  6. NYREDS

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    Quote:42?[​IMG]
     
  7. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Roosters don't lay eggs! [​IMG]
     

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