sex of 1 week old chicks?

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  1. coni

    coni New Egg

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    I have 16 chicks that are 1 week old. How do u tell if there are any roosters?
     
  2. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breeds. Some are easier to tell than others at different stages.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Usually the males will start growing a red comb and even wattles first, they may also be bigger. Females tend to have smaller combs and they are usually pink until they approach laying age,

    When your chicks are a few weeks older you could put up their photos on "what gender or breed is this." and others will give you their best guess.
     
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  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you with us [​IMG]
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This doesn't always work with all breeds. With leghorns, for instance, it can be misleading to do so at such a young age.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    At this age, you will have to wait it out. In a few weeks you should be able to start telling who is who by the actions and comb color.

    Enjoy BYC!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  8. Welcome to BYC from Southern California! [​IMG]
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I agree about posting on the What Breed/Gender forum, good luck to you.
     

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