pleas help me?!?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by michaelallen311, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. michaelallen311

    michaelallen311 New Egg

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    i am new to both this forum and raising chickens. i bought some cherry egger chickens a few months ago. they are ~4 months old now. my biggest problem is i cannot tell the difference between the hen and the rooster!! when i bought them, i expected one rooser going by tail size, but i thought i had upwards of 3. anyway, right now, i have 2 cockadoodeldooing, but out of 16 chickens, most of them look the same to me. there are only about 4 that look much smaller and more hen like?? anyway, i sure hope i dont have a ton of roosters. can anyone help me here please?
     
  2. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

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    Some chickens can be feather sexed at that age. look at the hackle feathers (back of the neck) roosters are more pointed and hens are more rounded. So if you study the ones that are crowing and compare, that might help you determine the sex. Then put a small zip tie(leg band) on the ones you want to keep.
     
  3. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    I got ten australorp straight run chicks last spring and ended up with eight cockerels, sad but true, all the "middle size combs" turned out to be males. Some didn't crow because they were not high enough on the pecking ladder.

    Four months old and you probably are guessing correctly.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Post some pics of your chickens in the What Breed Or Gender is This? and try and remember which is which lol. Let the members there have a look and see what you've got.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome.[​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on Sumi's advice.
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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