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Sexing? what age?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lukewride, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. lukewride

    lukewride In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009

    i have a 2 and a half week old silver laced wyandotte chick and i'm desporate to find out whether its a he or a she..

    is there anyway i can tell? is there anything physically i should look out for?

    or do i need to wait until he/she's matured a little bit more?

  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Its still a little earl;y. The first thing usually is the comb starts to pink up real early.
  3. lukewride

    lukewride In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    what d'u mean?
    if it pinks up its a boy or a girl??

    sorry, i'm pretty new to this..
  4. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
    Quote:The roo will wind up with a big red comb & wattles. Theirs show red sooner. I have a different type of Wyandotte. They're 6-7 weeks old on my BYC page. Notice their combs aren't really red. They're all girls. Here are some things that may help you.

    - Pullets usually get their wing and tail feathers before cockerels (in the first week or so).
    - At around 5 to 6 weeks, sometimes sooner, you will see definate comb development on the cockerels in most breeds (it will start to redden, whilst the pullets will still be yellowy).
    - At 2-3 months you will see the hackle feathers developing on the males. They will start to get longer and will be more pointed.
    - Cockerels are usually braver - if you walk into your henhouse and accidentally sneeze, the pullets should be the ones that scattered!
    - Cockerels have more pointed feather tips.
    - Cockerels are usually bigger by a few weeks old.
    - Pullets tend to have a smaller, round head, compared to the cockerels larger more angular one.

    - Cockerels usually have longer thicker legs (look for spur development).

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