What do y’all think?!?

Chickiepoo87

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Alright guys we need your help!! Amongst our 30-something babies... we have 4 polish laced...3 are silver and one Is gold. All were hatched the same day about 7-8 weeks ago. They are all 3 soooo different in size and growth now... but of course they were all the same for the first 2-3 weeks :) This is our first time with this breed… Opinions?
 
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JedJackson

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It's too early to sex them-- Polish can take a long, long time before you can sex them accurately. And growth rates can vary in both cockerels and pullets, so size at an early age isn't always the best indicator of sex.

They also look very healthy, which isn't always the case for Polish chicks.
 

Chickiepoo87

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It's too early to sex them-- Polish can take a long, long time before you can sex them accurately. And growth rates can vary in both cockerels and pullets, so size at an early age isn't always the best indicator of sex.

They also look very healthy, which isn't always the case for Polish chicks.

At what age do you think Polish start showing indications of their sex? I’m so glad that you think they look healthy :) They are extremely spoiled... and loved
 

JedJackson

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At what age do you think Polish start showing indications of their sex? I’m so glad that you think they look healthy :) They are extremely spoiled... and loved
It really depends. Usually we look at size and color of combs and wattles in young chickens, but bearded Polish don't have wattles, and their combs are often tiny. So it is difficult to tell from photos. Around 6-8 weeks, you may be able to tell yourself. If there is red at the comb, then that may mean cockerel, but you may have to search through their crests to find the combs.

If that doesn't work, then we look at male sex feathering, meaning the pointy feathers at the back, saddle and tail that only males get. Those feathers won't develop until week 14, or later.

Another thing to look at, at any age, is the thickness of their legs. Thicker usually means male, and since you have 4 that are the same age, you may be able to determine sex by comparison, along with comparisons of comb size/color.

But BYC is always here to help. You can post photos here at any stage of their development, and if gender has become clear, then you'll get good answers.
 

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