What age?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jasonvanorder, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. jasonvanorder

    jasonvanorder Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 white leghorns that I got from FFH. They are about 4 1/2 weeks. When we got them they were the only chicks that were not sexed. When can you start to see the difference between the hens and the roos? Right now they both look almost the same but the comb and waddles on one is just slightly darker than the other. If that one turns out to be a roo it wont bother me much but he might not last long depending on if the neighbors complain or not. Thanks all
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you could post some pictures we may be able to assist you :) I believe leghorns are sexable at a young age, but not 100% for only a month old....
     
  3. jasonvanorder

    jasonvanorder Out Of The Brooder

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    I will Try to get some pics tonight after I clean the brooder. Im leaning towards it just being a slight difference due to just being a different chick but the color has changed to just a touch darker red.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Your hunch is probably correct. It's around this time that cockerels start displaying a slightly redder and more pronounced comb. Do you see more obvious wattles, too? How about the legs and feet? Cockerels may show thicker, longer legs, and slightly larger feet.
     
  5. jasonvanorder

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    Ill have to double check the waddles tonight also. He/she doesnt like to be messed with and puts up a little fight when we pick him/her up. He/she does stand a bit taller than the other leghorn.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

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    Yeah, it sounds like it could be a male. That is a bit young but some you can pretty much tell at hatch based on posture and legs. Photos of the comb and wattles are good. Also a profile showing posture and legs can be quite helpful. They can be camera shy, but try to get it standing on its own, not with you holding it. Sometimes easier said than done.

    Both of them, of course.
     
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  7. jasonvanorder

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    The one on the right is the lil fella I do believe might be a roo.

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    This one kinda shows the difference in leg size

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    That's the best shot of the waddles he'd let me get.
     
  8. CascadiaRiver

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    Looks like you might have two roo-babies :(
     
  9. Ridgerunner

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    Yes, as much as I hate to say it, both male. There is no doubt about the one on the right. There isn’t any real doubt about the other either. With that body conformation an posture, it looks male.
     
  10. jasonvanorder

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    10-4 on the double roo. As you can tell they are kinda in their ugly teenage phase.
     

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