sexing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by luluann, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. luluann

    luluann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks have started to feather out now and have most of their feathers. They have their cones ( not sure of the right term for it I'm around country people) showing. Is there any way I can look and tell?? Maybe post pictures. I know I'm really lost on the sexing part except when they are big.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Close on the terminology. They are called combs. The "flaps" under the chin are called wattles.

    Anyhow. With most breeds, the cockerels will sprout reddish combs and wattles much, much sooner than the pullets. At 6 weeks, it isn't uncommon for the pullets to show nothing but yellowish toned skin, while the cockerels combs will reddened and often will perk up. Same with the wattles. The pullets don't normally show their wattles until they are much older.

    This is fairly common, but not universal, but it is absolutely an effective way to start noticing the differences in them at a young age.

    Since each breed is different, what breed(s) do you have?
     
  3. luluann

    luluann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have black astrolorps and some light brahmas
     

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