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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emmarouth17, May 9, 2016.
This is my barnvellda any idea what sex he/she is?
Full body shots are needed. Age of bird is helpful too.
He/she is 3 weeks I thought you could just tell from there combs so I just posted on of there head but I'll get a full body picture later xx @Egghead_Jr
You can tell by combs but not before they turn red. Sure a larger comb at this young age points to being cockerel but that's only one of many clues to telling sex from hatch to 5 weeks when cockerels will usually start showing color. Legs, stance, comb and by breed other identifiers are all used for sexing.
Take a Barred bird for example. The above is all true then you also have the shape and size of the white dot on head as a clue. Also the amount of dark wash color on legs is a clue. No one clue is accurate but with all of them together and experience to have a "feel" of it, sometimes it's an art, you become darn near 100% accurate in determining sex in first week. There are exceptions, some birds will fool you. There can be a large legged pullet that's mearly stout. Things like this will deceive and why a combination of all identifiers is used, mulled around in the mind to compare all and see which direction of sex they point to.
Other types of combs have specific identifiers like pea comb and looking at the ridges. Rose comb can not be determined by red color as pullets with rose combs show color early. And the list goes on...
It is hard to tell by the cone when they are young. It's like guessing if your water is hot or really hot. However, I would guess this is a female. Good luck, and I hope she grows well.
great thankyou so much I was hoping she would be a girl! xxx