What age can you tell the gender? Also should I mark my roo somehow?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Willow's Meadow, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    I ordered 16 pullets and 1 cock from Cackle Hatchery. They marked my roo with a purple mark on his head(guessing some kind of marker). They are all 3 weeks old now and the purple marking is wearing off. What should I do before it completly wears off? What age can you tell the males verses the females?

  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    You can either put another line on his head with a marker, or just not worry about it. You won't be treating him any differently than your girls (I assume).

    You should be able to accurately sex him by 12 weeks VERY easily, but some people can as early as 4-6 weeks depending on breed. Good luck!!
  3. mb chicken man

    mb chicken man Hatching

    Aug 12, 2009
    Lebanon Kentucky
    Put a zip tie on one leg.[​IMG]
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    mb chicken man I don't think putting a zip tie on the leg is a good idea. They grow so fast it might restrict blood flow.
  5. bjw113

    bjw113 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Pikeville, TN
    I have 12 BO's and 12 White Plymouth Rocks. I have 1 BO Rooster (which is what I ordered! [​IMG]) Anyway, at about 4 weeks old I noticed that HIS comb was starting to get larger, it was darker red too. I have a picture of him at 6 weeks. You can definitely tell he is a roo, especially comparing him to the others. He is right in the center with his head slightly turned.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'd only mark a chick I couldn't tell from others. Now, when I first decided I wanted chickens, I just KNEW I wouldn't be able to tell 'em apart if I got all the same breed. Like, if I got six RIRs, I'd have to name 'em all Rhoda, and every morning would be like this: "Good morning, Rhoda. Hi, Rhoda. 'Mornin', Rhoda. Well, howdy there, Rhoda..." So I didn't; I got all different breeds.

    Then I bought two laying Golden Lakenvelders, and worried about telling THEM apart. But I could. So I got brave and bought two Wellsummer chicks this Spring when I got more chicks. I could tell them apart, too.

    However, now that the two Sebright roos are about 13 weeks old, I find I have trouble telling George from Alex. I have to see them together to notice the difference. Luckily, this is not difficult - they usually hang out together.

    What I'm trying to say is that you should be able to tell 'em apart, really, right? Why mark 'em?
  7. Treegod

    Treegod Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Catalonia, Spain
    Check their feather development. I have three chicks almost four weeks old now, and I can tell the males from the female. The female has a small tail and longer wing feathers, the other two have no tail feathers yet and for a little while had wing "stubs". In general females develop their wings faster than males, but I think that can depend on breed. It gets a bit mixed as they get older, but I can tell each individual apart (mixed breeds).

    Look at each chick and see what their feather development is like and compare it with the male.

  8. mlove

    mlove Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Our local family run feed store caries small plastic leg bands for .12 each. Maybe you can call feed stores from your phone book and ask if they sell them.
  9. bonder

    bonder In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2010
    How about a little food coloring on his head, tip of a feather, something?
  10. Tater n Beans

    Tater n Beans In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2010
    Extreme South Texas
    I recommend a zip tie, they come in multiple colors, inexpensive, easily removed and replaced. I agree that chicks do grow fast but not fast enough that it will lose a leg overnight. Keep the tie loose and replace often.

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