when does sex appear?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Yello, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Yello

    Yello Out Of The Brooder

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    When can you tell if you have a rooster in your mix? I have 10 - 16 week old chickens. No crowing from anyone at this point and they all look very similar amongst their breeds.
     
  2. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
    Can you post some photos of the chickens in question?
     
  3. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some it's hard to tell but you can always wait when they begin crowing or laying.
     
  4. Yello

    Yello Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think I can post pics yet.
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    At 16 weeks you should definitely be able to tell if you have any cockerels. They will have much bigger and redder combs than pullets at that age. And depending on the breed, may be sexed by color.
     
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  6. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should be seeing pointy saddle and hackle feathers on the roosters.
    Here's a close up of a young roo's saddle feathers
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    and a newer pic
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  7. OwlLover

    OwlLover Alaskan Wanderer

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    About 2 weeks. Boys have about 1/4 inch of tail feathers and girls have about 3/4-1 inch.
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:That is not a reliable way to sex chickens, sorry.



    It really depends on the breed, but in the end around 5 months and up, the boys crow and have bigger, redder comb/wattles than the girls and the girls lay eggs, and don't have showy necks or curled tail feathers. [​IMG]


    Pictures help.
     
  9. Yello

    Yello Out Of The Brooder

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    It would seem, based on all your comments, that I have all girls, Yay!!!! [​IMG] I guess for certain, time will tell!
     

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