Sexing six week old chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mebigdave, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. mebigdave

    mebigdave New Egg

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    Hello and thanks for such a great forum.

    Been following these forums for a while now and have learned a lot. I have 3 Brown Shavers from a battery farm to replace the last three I had. They were killed by a Stoat some months back. These new girls have adjusted well and are thriving. As pullets they are laying size 4/5 eggs.

    To the question at hand – I bought some three week old chicks that are now six weeks and I am unable to determined which are cockerels and which are pullets….

    The one on the left is the biggest of the eight. "Eyes' to the right is my sons pic.

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    The one on the left is the same one from the pic above.
    These are the two biggest of the eight. I think they are both cockerels...
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    Heuwie, Dewy and Louis.
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    Now "Eyes" (sitting) was in the first pic but this is the last brownish one is on the right and I can't tell much between the smaller black ones.
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    All up there are eight chicks and I think from the infomation I have from this forum, the two large ones eating wheat on top of there old smaller coop are cockerels and I think the rest are pullets. Some have single combs and others have pea combs. I don't see any saddle feathers on any of them because I think they are too young - only six weeks today...

    Any guesses would be great...
     
  2. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to post up close pictures of their bodies and faces, but you can tell a lot from their faces on your own. If they are growing wattles and a comb that are already turning RED then chances are it's a boy.

    You won't know for SURE until they are until they crow or 4 months old, which is when the roo feathers come in.
     
  3. mebigdave

    mebigdave New Egg

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    I'll try get some better photos tomorrow with a bigger zoom lens as I am unable to catch them.
     
  4. ChickenExtreme

    ChickenExtreme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see 5 roos, but closer pics and side view pics will help determine a lil better, lol
     
  5. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better pics would be awesome, but looking at these and at feathering & comb size I vote all girls!
     
  6. mebigdave

    mebigdave New Egg

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    Thank you for all the replies.

    Ok looks like I may have to have my SLR serviced but have taken some more pics with side views of the Chicks as requested. I know it's still very early to be sexing them (Just about seven weeks now) but it's just for a bit of fun at precent. The first time one of then crow, he's off back to the farm I got them from.

    Chick A
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    Chick B (Eyes)
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    Chick C
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    Chick D
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    Chick E
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    Chick F (Black one behind)
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    Chick G
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    Chick H
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    I wish I could start a pol on this forum for each one of the chicks to get votes on gender on each of them.

    My Hy-Line Brown Hens are now giving me an egg each just about every day. I have Mrs. Brown or "Feather" and then the Twins as I can never tell the difference between the two of them. Mrs. Brown takes care of every one and talks to me when ever I sit with them and stroke the big girls. The chicks still won't let us get close to them as they were free range chicks with the mum.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  7. ChickenExtreme

    ChickenExtreme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are all these chicks different ages?
     
  8. mebigdave

    mebigdave New Egg

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    Nope all the same age and from the same mum
     
  9. mebigdave

    mebigdave New Egg

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    Sorry ChickenExtreme, I've only just seen your responce next to each picture - Thanks so much for your post.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd give the same answers.
     

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