So at what age?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lswatson111304, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. lswatson111304

    lswatson111304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I start posting pics for guessing? LOL I have 4 mixed breed chicks and I'm totally anxious, but I know its too soon right now. They are just going on 2 weeks. I also have 2 silkies, its my understanding these will take longer right? They are about 3 weeks now I think. Not 100% on that.
     
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too am curious about this. I have a group of three week olds. I suspect two of them to be roosters. How soon is too soon to tell?
     
  3. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 4 weeks I am able to tell what most of mine are just by their combs/wattles. Some are harder to tell. I have 30 4-5 week old chicks right now, and I only have maybe 3 that I am unsure on. At 2-3 weeks, sometimes you will have a little cockerel who has a nice sized comb already, but if you want to be sure, wait until they are at least 4 weeks, 6 weeks is better. Depending on the breeds, of course. Some are really slow to develop and can take months to be able to tell.
     
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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    With some mixes, it is sometimes hard to ever tell, for sure, what's in them for lineage.

    As to sex, some purebreds can be sex typed at hatch with great accuracy. With others, it is often obvious by 6-8 weeks. For sure, at 16 weeks. But even then, some times you just have to wait until they lay or crow. [​IMG]
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it usually takes 4-5 weeks...but if someone has the same kind of chicks you have, you may get an earlier answer...

    I have a silkie that is 28 weeks..I still don't know what it is! No eggs, no crowing!
     

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