Spotting the roo ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LVchicks, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. LVchicks

    LVchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2013
    At what age can you identify roosters?
    While I ordered pullets I know I will probably end up with at least a couple roosters and I'm curious at how soon I'll be able to tell.
  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    It varies by breed and it's often easier to tell if you have many of the same breed. I've seen obvious cockerels at 3 weeks and 16-weekers that were still a maybe. Of course, if it lays or crows... You can always post pictures to the what breed/gender board and you'll get help evaluating them.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    What debid said. You'll be looking for larger, redder combs, thicker legs and depending on breed color differences. Some folks go by behavior, but remember pullets can be quite assertive to each other, too!

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