Please help with gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Anigozanthos, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our first time raising chicks. A friend of a friend gave my children a random selection of eggs so they could have a go at hatching and raising the chicks. We ended up with three, and they are around 8 1/2 weeks old now. I am not sure of the breeds.

    I've been lurking around a lot to get tips on identifying the gender of our chickens, and want to see how close I am with my guesses.

    I suspect we have at least two roosters, the brown one I am certain about as he started crowing this week. Unfortunately I suspect the black one is a rooster too?

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    This one I am not sure about but I am hoping a hen?

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    This is another shot of the two I am just guessing about.

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    Thanks for your help :)
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    I think your right on your guesses



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  3. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, though it's a shame we can't keep the roosters. I guess now we start looking for some new friends for the hen. I think I'm already more addicted than the kids!
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    It happens easily. Watch out for chicken math [​IMG]
     
  5. DBCOOP2014

    DBCOOP2014 New Egg

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    I have 4 Polish Cross birds and can't tell which ones are hens. I know I have 2 roosters,but unsure of the other 2. They are like 4 months old. Can't really tell by comb since they are covered up with plumage.[​IMG]
     
  6. hope4rainbow

    hope4rainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you were right!

    The one that you said crows is a red...something. Lol. Ours is a "rir" but from a hatchery so more a production strain than breed standards like yours seems to be or be a mix of.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The brown/red birds are probably production-type Rhode Island Reds. I'm not sure on the breed of the black one; it is probably some sort of mix, though. The black one and larger red one are roosters, but the smaller brown one could be a hen.
     
  8. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your input :) The photos were taken late afternoon in low light (it's ridiculously hot here at the moment) but in the sun the black one has a gorgeous green sheen. Possibly some Australorp in the mix?
     
  9. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE: We rehomed our roosters and kept what we think is our girl. The roosters were swapped for a Welsummer and a Sussex that the breeder swore were pullets. Lo and behold, at around five months of age our Sussex started crowing [​IMG]

    This is our red (hopefully) pullet but now I'm paranoid that I don't have a handle on sexing chickens at all! She ([​IMG]) is 17 weeks old, still very little comb development. Sorry about the photo quality, as she hid in our little temporary coop when I pulled out the camera.

    Any more thoughts on breed would be great too as she has grown quite dark around the tail.


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