What do I look for?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by frankie5316, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. frankie5316

    frankie5316 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    what do i look for on my chicks that can tell me if theyre cockerels or pullets?
  2. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    How old are they? From what I was told, I would have to wait until their secondary sex traits came in. I likened it to waiting til a boy started to grow whiskers.

    Mine are 7 weeks old now and I think I have 2 cockerels, 3 pullets. One guy has really thick legs, big feet and the startings of a comb.
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    what breed are they? usually it can take up to 3 or 4 weeks to 3 or 4 months
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Some breeds autosex by color.

    Cockerals may have thicker legs and develop curved saddle feathers and pointy hackle feathers.
    As they get a little older their wattles and comb become more pronounced.

    Pullets tend to get tail feathers sooner.

    In plymouth barred rock chicks the cockeral is lighter colored and the spot ontop of its head is larger.
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The comb and wattles on cockerel chicks will turn dark pink/ reddish much much sooner than on pullets, except on breeds with black or very dark combs.

    There are noticeable differences between the sexes in some specific breeds, most commonly the auto-sexing breeds and sex-link hybrids.

    The auto-sexing breeds include the barred and cuckoo breeds. Those females feather in darker than the males. At hatch the females also have a smaller white spot on their head and the males have a larger one.
    Sex linked birds are created when a genetically gold/red male is bred to a genetically silver female, then the female chicks have gold down and the male chicks are yellow.

    Some breeds can be feather sexed. In that case, there is a difference in the wing feathers during the first week only.

    A more subtle difference can sometimes be seen in their behavior. When startled, the pullets are more likely to duck for cover and the cockerels stand up tall and look to see where the threat is coming from. But this is by no means a sure fire test of sex. LOL


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