PICS Attached! By Concensus, She IS a he! 6 week old, roo or hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bjw113, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our 24 chicks are doing super! Hand-feeding and spending about an hour a night with our little ones have them jumping on our laps as soon as we sit down! LOVE IT! Anyway, we have a runt of the buff orpingtons and plymouth white rocks. The runt of the BO (we named "Missy") is developing a large red comb where as all the rest of the chicks have pale pink combs which are much smaller - no matter the size of the chicken. Is it possible to tell the difference - without doing a remote control or cell phone test??? LOL! - at 6 weeks old? If so, when and what are the predominate signs? We are new to chickens and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! Funny, I told my husband about a year ago that he could have chickens but I wanted NOTHING to do with them as I remembered being pecked terribly when getting eggs by white leghorns and road island reds when I was a child. Now I can't wait to get out each evening when I get home from work to see the babies! Tonight I had a plymouth white rock in my lap for over 30 minutes. She was just talking and talking to me! Oh boy! I am so hooked![​IMG] Appreciate any feedback to sex determination! Will post some new pics probably tomorrow! Thanks!
     
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  2. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Congratulations on you new chicks.
    You should be able to tell by now, the boys will have a deeper red combs and wattles and longer tail feathers.
    Photos will help a lot.
     
  3. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmm. Definite darker red comb, but no tail feathers to speak of yet. Of course, he is small. Will try to get some pics tomorrow. Hate being so dumb! [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    By six weeks old the secondary sex characteristics should definitely be starting to show themselves. A pic would help, but from your description I suspect a roo.
     
  5. jay102

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    oh. It's so interesting to me!
     
  6. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hopefully this will show our flock

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  7. nonseq

    nonseq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one in the middle of the second pic looks like a roo.
     
  8. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly! He's in the middle of the first pic too.
     
  9. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly! He's in the middle of the first pic too.

    I agree [​IMG]
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly! He's in the middle of the first pic too.

    I agree [​IMG]

    Me too.
     

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