Sexing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by khowell31875, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. khowell31875

    khowell31875 Out Of The Brooder

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    I purchased 5 BR chicks and 3 silkies form a local small farmer. Can anyone tell me how soon these can be sexed? I got them at 1 week and now they are 4 weeks old.
     
  2. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think at about 4 weeks you should be able to start telling the cockerels from the pullets by the size of their combs.
     
  3. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes it takes up to 3-4 months to tell the gender of silkies. They like to hide their genders! [​IMG] If you post pictures on BYC in the What Gender Is This? section, you will get some accurate guesses.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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    Cockerel, lighter overall color (white bars wider), headspot at less than a week is large and splotchy

    Pullet, blacker overall color, headspot smaller and/or more defined edges, fronts of legs darker than on cockerel.

    Take all these factors together, not one or the other to help sex BRs. Post a pic and we can help you out with those.


    Silkies, you're on your own with those, LOL. Dont do Silkies.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008

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