pullets or cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by paulg1, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. paulg1

    paulg1 New Egg

    Aug 30, 2013
    We are new to raising chickens and we bought 5 chicks when they were 4 weeks old.

    We built a lovely house with a run and even a special outdoor area for them and we have had great fun watching them grow, each day.

    We got them to lay eggs and to add to our family of 6 dogs [ who we have to keep a careful eye on and protect the chicks from] and our fish.

    Each day I get more attached but now a friend has told us that they might all be male!
    At least 4 anyway. they are now 7/8 week old, how can we tell what sex they are and is it dangerous to leave them in same house if they are all male?

    Advise please

    Paul + Mary G
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    If you post a picture we can help you with whether you have any, or all, roo's in the group.

    At this age usually the most telling feature in young roo's is their comb/wattle development and color, they get pink/red combs and faces much earlier then hens do. Hens will often not get red in the face/comb until they are getting ready to lay at around 20 weeks or so.

    Some breeds can also be told by their coloring.

    So, with that all said, a picture is worth a 1000 words!
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  4. paulg1

    paulg1 New Egg

    Aug 30, 2013
    Thanks for that. Will post pictures of them tomorrow


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