When can you start to see signs of gender?? (PICS added!!)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My three chicks are getting close to three weeks old. Two are developing at about the same level but the third, Shania, has a larger comb than the other two. Distinctly larger. They are all EE's, sexed as female. When will I be able to tell for sure if MPC was right shy of a cockodoodle or egg?


    Shania -What you can't see very well in these is the height of the comb. She's got about a millimeter or two on her sisters who are still completely flat.
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    Her sister Scrambles
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    **I should probably relist this under Gender, but I'm not sure how.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010
  2. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know roosters generally start developing large red combs pretty early, but I think that is closer to 6 + weeks. Do you have any pics you can post?
     
  3. DebsChicks

    DebsChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I vote for pics too! Pics are always good! [​IMG]
     
  4. BC_Farms

    BC_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed when you can tell, but if you are looking to contact MPC to get money back for a possible sexing mistake I think you have to wait 16 weeks. It's on their website.
     
  5. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not really worried about getting my money back; I'm worried about 1)getting really attached and having to rehome, 2) the fact that roos are illegal in Colorado Springs so I'd have to work out those details quickly and 3)finding a singular chick/started pullet to replace *him*. I only have three and if one goes away I'm worried that the remaining two might get lonely. The whole flock thing.
     
  6. Slater1995

    Slater1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Really to soon to tell. give it 2 or 3 more weeks.
     
  7. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my little EE pullet who had a fairly raised comb at four weeks...she is 11 weeks now and all girl.
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    Here are her brothers at the same age the three further back...the one on the R is an australorp
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    The boys have much bigger peacombs that started to turn red just before 4 weeks.
    I would agree too give it more time.
     
  8. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    They both look like girls to me [​IMG]
     
  9. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I'll be sure to keep an eye on them for the next few weeks and post pictures again later. It's amazing how fast they grow!

    Mrs. Feathers- Thanks a ton for posting your girl. It makes me feel much better knowing that there might just be different levels of development going on.
     
  10. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My BR did the same thing- huge comb at 3 weeks. We had even named 'him' Ozzie. She is now Harriette, and most definitely a girl.
     

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