pullets or cockerels?

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

  1. paulg1

    paulg1 New Egg

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    Hi
    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

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  4. paulg1

    paulg1 New Egg

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    Thanks for that. Will post pictures of them tomorrow

    Paul
     

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