when and how can I start to tell roos from pullets?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Scratchin' Around, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Scratchin' Around

    Scratchin' Around In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2008
    New Sweden, Maine
    I have 21 barred rock chicks, and I'm wondering what are some of the signs to look for to tell them apart, and how early can I get a hint? They are ten days old, and I ordered a straight run--I'm just curious who's who and what the breakdown is.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I can't find the link to the original post right now, so my apologies to Gindee77, who provided us with this info.

    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
    2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back
    .e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    When I bought my BR chicks the breeder showed me some tricks to tell male from female, this isn't a hundred percent accurate, but very, very close. The females tend to be more black than gray, the white barring is lighter or thinner than on the males, and the females tend to have darker feet. Look at their toes sometime, the girls' toes look sooty, while the males are less so.

    He said sometimes you get a male who has female characteristics when they are still quite small, but those are the best ones to keep for breeding down the road. I found this to be really accurate for me, and it helped me tell males from female pretty young. Within a few more weeks you should start seeing the combs growing too, and the little boys combs grow faster and turn red waaaay before the girls' combs change color.
  4. mamato3

    mamato3 Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    hello my br chicks are 3 and a half weeks old and 1 is showing a lot of male characteristics. i was talking about him yesterday i got 2 pics of him

  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    I'd say with that pink comb he's almost certainly a boy. It wouldn't hurt to see a picture of his feet too, though.

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