Sexing six-week-olds

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Birdcrazy, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Songster

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    Hi guys,

    My 5 babies have just turned 6 weeks. Is it too early to sex them?
    I’ve had pretty terrible luck with incubation thus far, usually 10-20% hens. So I am desperately hoping to at least get one hen! I think it might be just be too hot here to get a decent hatch ratio. Has anyone found incubating in the winter produces more hens?

    Anyway, 3 are Sussex (1 coronation) and 2 are Pekin bantams (one frizzle).

    Here is the straight feather Pekin
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    Here is my Frizzle pekin
    I love this little Frizzle, but thinking it’s a roo :( FFC51AB9-B386-4E73-ADC1-7F6405482DEA.jpeg
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    Sussex 1
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    Sussex 2
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    Coronation Sussex
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    Sorry some of the photos are a little blurry.
    I appreciate any help.
    Cheers
     
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    The first 2 are cockerels.......
     
  3. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    All are cockerels except for the Coronation Sussex at this point.
     
  4. Birdcrazy

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    Thanks guys. The coronation was the only baby that seemed like a pullet to me, too. It’s my fifth time having babies and it’s always the same result! I think it’s a sign :rolleyes:
     
  5. Animals45

    Animals45 Crowing

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    I agree with you.
     
  6. Alexandra33

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    Looking as though all except possibly the very last Sussex are cockerels. :) Even that one's looking a little suspicious at the present.....reddening up slightly. Just keep an eye out.

    ~Alex
     
  7. Animals45

    Animals45 Crowing

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    AWW!!!! THEY ARE SOOO SWEET!!!!!!
     
  8. alexa009

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    Judging by their prominent combs, the first 4 pictured appear to be cockerels. The last is a pretty pullet.
    You will need to add more females or give away some males to prevent stress or overbreeding once they commence maturity.

    Anyway, someone would be delighted to have them! :love
     
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  9. Birdcrazy

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    Thank you!! They are. Such a shame most are boys, though!
    This is how they prefer to sleep at night, so cute!
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    Yes. I have ten hens and one rooster not pictured, but won’t be keeping more boys regardless.
     
  10. Animals45

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    Aww! LOL!!!!!
     
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