When Can You Tell if Hens or Roosters

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenGeorge, May 3, 2007.

  1. ChickenGeorge

    ChickenGeorge In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2007
    My birds are now about 6 weeks old. At what age will they start to develop so that I can tell which is is which?
  2. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I have RIW, NHR and BSL and my BSL are 5 weeks old and already have a good comb and waddles coming out. One of my RIW's is looking more like a roo and he's 7 weeks old. Usually the comb, waddle and eye area start growing considerably faster and turn the red or rose color much faster than the pullets. Granted we knew from the start that my BSL were cockrels. But my RIW suprised me. A good surprise though. He has always been one of my favorites even before we knew he was a "he". Don't know if this helps you or not. GL though.
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    Quick way is neck feathers. Males will have a pointed tip, females will be more rounded. Except for Sebrights, good luck wait for combs/wattles to differ.
  4. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

    Jan 31, 2007
    NE Washington
  5. ausash

    ausash In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2007
    I have some 3 week old chicks and I can already tell with three of them that they are roosters. Much larger combs and they are already starting to get slight pinkish reddish at base of comb.

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