Sexing 8 week old barred rocks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 3rocksandme, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 barred rocks that are about 8 weeks old. I am nervous that several of them might be male. I cannot put my finger on what exactly seems male about them, perhaps their slight scary Velociraptor look… Some seem to have a more upright posture, and they are fighting a bit. Their fighting includes puffed feathers and bumping chests. Is that a chicken behavior?

    At 8 weeks are there any characteristics I can look for to sex these chickens?

    Thanks so much in advance for your expertise.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Males will be lighter in color with more comb than females. Post pics and we can tell you right away who is a boy.


    Your females will fight and chest bump at this age to establish pecking order.
     
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  3. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Boy's will look like this (about 8 weeks old):
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    Girls will be more black with white edging, like this (1 1/2 year old hen):
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  5. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I think they must be girls. None have a comb or wattle that developed and their coloring is more black than white. I was hoping it was too early for pecking order to start.

    That is a very handsome boy, though.
     
  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    They are all pullets
     
  7. urbanfarmer14

    urbanfarmer14 Out Of The Brooder

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    ya because alot of my pullets do that and they are 8 weeks old with barely any comb
     

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