Silly question? How do I tell if I have roosters or hens??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emsell, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. emsell

    emsell New Egg

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    I inherited 8 baby chicks from my son's kindy hatching program-
    We brought them home at 2 weeks old and they are now about 10 weeks old.
    What we have is as follows:
    3 reddish coloured ones with tiny combs and minimal wattles which I believe are hens.
    2 white ones with no colour at all- red combs and wattles but no other "rooster-like" features.
    2 white ones with lot of brown speckles on their wings, red combs and wattles.
    1 smaller white one with only a small amount of brown speckle on the wings, however the comb and wattles look the same as the other speckled chooks.

    I have done a lot of reading about how to tell the difference, but I honestly can't tell the difference- I thought I had 4 hens and 4 roosters (the two white ones and the two more heavily speckled ones), but I have just looked over the fence at our neighbours chooks and they look like the ones I THOUGHT were roosters! I am confused and wondering if I am looking at different breeds, rather than different sexes??
     
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  2. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

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    Got any pics?
     
  3. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and pics would definently help
     
  4. emsell

    emsell New Egg

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    no- but it is dark here now- I will post some tomorrow- I didnt even think of that!
     
  5. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heh, heh, heh, welcome to the mad, mad, mad world of chickens. There is a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge in these forums. Have fun and keep your sanity. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  6. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the addiction. Looking forward to pictures.

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  7. emsell

    emsell New Egg

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    How do I post photos? (I have taken them- just dont know how to post them...)
     
  8. emsell

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    Here are the pics- I would appreciate any help with distingushing the hens from the roosters (I have included only one pic of the red/brown ones as they all look exactly the same).


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  9. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    I'm not sure what breed the 1st one is but it looks like a roo if it is 10 weeks old. The rest are red sex links (aka golden comets, red stars, etc.). The one in the 3rd pic is a hen and the rest are roos.
     
  10. emsell

    emsell New Egg

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    Thanks- thats what I was thinking- I thought the red/brown ones were hens and the others were roosters, just couldnt be100% sure...
     

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