UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: Rooster or Hen ? When can you tell?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by festivefeet, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. festivefeet

    festivefeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering when you can tell a rooster from a hen.

    My chicks are 4 weeks old tomorrow.

    What are the characteristics that start to form in a chicken to differentiate the two?

    Thanks...
    Jessica
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It varies from breed to breed.

    A general indication is the redness of the comb/wattles; roos are redder earlier. Pointed feathers also help but I think that comes later than 4 weeks and am no good at using this.

    If you post pics of the birds and tell us their breeds, you will get some good, educated guesses. But do post in the forum, "What Breed or Gender is This?"
     
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  3. festivefeet

    festivefeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my chicks. They are 4 weeks old tomorrow. Can you tell if they are a hen or rooster at this point? If not, when is it clearly apparent?

    Molly - Easter Egger
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    Ginger - Easter Egger
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    Charlotte - Buff Orpington
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    Pip-Squeak (she is the one mentioned in other posts, with sick feet, possible biotin deficiency or dermatitis) - Buff Orpington
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    Tillie - Silver Laced Wyandotte
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    Babs - Silver Laced Wyandotte
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  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Charlotte and molly look like girls I couldnt see the rest of the photos!
     
  5. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Defeintly depends on the breed. Here are my 3 week old D'uccle bantams.

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    The are 4 weeks old tomorrow but this photo was taken a couple of days ago. His comb started developing around 2 1/2 weeks old. I think he is an early bird. [​IMG]
     
  6. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like everyone but Ginger is a pullet. I might be wrong, but that is what it looks like to me! Not 100% on Babs.

    Beautiful birds! [​IMG]

    Shelly
     
  7. Bard's Rock!

    Bard's Rock! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like Tillie and Babs are pullets. I've got some that will be 8 weeks old on Friday the first. If the SLW are cockerels their combs will start to show wider and get color. the pullet combs stay narrow and hard to see. JMHO of course. [​IMG]
     
  8. Qalupalik

    Qalupalik Out Of The Brooder

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    So what did they end up being??
     

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