telling the difference between hens and roosters

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sunshine Chick 1, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Sunshine Chick 1

    Sunshine Chick 1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Longwood, Florida
    My husband and I bought 12 4 day old chicks from a breeder who is 2 hours away from us. We told her that we did not want any roosters just hens. She said if you lay a baby chick on it's back and they don't stretch out their legs then it is a hen. So she did that with 6 RIR and 6 Buffs. This was back in Sept. Now they are almost 5 months old and we are finding out that there is one buff crowing at 6am, and 3 RIR's that have just as big combs and have seen one RIR crow in the afternoon. My question is to those that breed chickens. Has anyone ever heard of this method of determining the sex of chickens? If I buy baby chicks again I just don't want to have the same problem. [​IMG]
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Far as I know, that method is complete baloney. You'll get a 50/50 of it being male or female. [​IMG]

    The thing to do, is by the time they're 5 weeks and older, check their combs or post photos of them here. The comb size, and in a later age, the body type will tell who's a cockerel, who's a pullet. [​IMG]

    To check yourself, if one is already crowing now, you should check them for bigger, redder combs and pointed, shiny feathers growing out of their back and dangling off the sides. (saddle feathers)
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I've heard of that method and many other old wive's tales. The problem is that so many people actually believe them.

    Your best bet is to buy pullets that are already sexed. That generally means hatchery chicks or sex links. Do not buy straight runs, ever! (unless you want some roosters)
    But even sexed chicks have a margin of error of about 10%.
  4. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    There are only a few true breeds you can sex without probing. Barred rocks are one. Sexlinks are not pure but you can sex them at hatch. Most as said you can tell after 6 weeks as males will have more comb.
  5. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Quote:And I have read the version of the OWT that says differently...that if they relax and stretch out then they are girls. Just shows you how accurate the OWT are! [​IMG]
  6. Sunshine Chick 1

    Sunshine Chick 1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Longwood, Florida
    Thanks everyone and for the quick response. So I am going to guess the ones with dark red combs now will end up crowing on me eventually.[​IMG]
  7. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    Yeah, she fed you a line of bull phooey. There are certain breeds that can be sexed early on, Wheaton Marans you can tell around 2-3 weeks the boys will be dark and the girls light. Welsummers as well, if I am not mistaken, but most of them you're stuck playing the waiting game.

    Get from a hatchery but even then it is not 100% sure you will have all girls. C'est la vie!
  8. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Ahhh..... if only it were so easy. I always tell people when I sell chicks that I cannot sex them but if they want to believe any of the OWT that they have heard, they are more than welcome to try it. I figure if it were that easy the hatcheries wouldn't hire people to vent sex them.
  9. Sunshine Chick 1

    Sunshine Chick 1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Longwood, Florida
    I have several rooster to get rid of now. [​IMG]
  10. kendall3

    kendall3 New Egg

    Aug 31, 2012
    I have a buff orpington and it crows every morning. But it doesnt have a spur. Cant tell if its a rooster or not.

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