Which is roosters and which are hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by brightonchicks, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. brightonchicks

    brightonchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 4 weeks old, can you tell by looking what sex they are? I have 4, 2 are RIR and 2 are Black Australorps, they may be mixed I'm not sure.[​IMG]I think this is a hen
    I think the red one is hen and the black one maybe a rooster.
    In the next 2 I think this red one is a rooster.
    The last pic. is the two together I think are roosters.
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They are too young to tell for sure, right now I would vote the first black chick is a possible pullet, the other three from the amount of pink comb/wattle are probable cockerels,
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Post more photos in a couple more weeks.
     
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  5. brightonchicks

    brightonchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you.
     
  6. brightonchicks

    brightonchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you tell me at what age they may start to try to crow if they are a rooster?
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Some roosters start crowing as early as 6-8 weeks. Most start crowing before five months old. Slower maturing breeds, like Cochins, Jersey Giants, and Brahmas may take longer.
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The age of crowing varies with each breed. Rarely, cockerels crow at 3 weeks or earlier. Most of the time, they try crowing at 8-10 weeks. However, some wait until they're 6 months old or more before finally crowing.
     
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  9. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    The australorps are just reaching the age you can sex them now.

    The girls will start getting their tail feathers but boys will keep short tails (opposite of what you would expect) then shortly the boys combs will start to go pink and start growing where the girls will stay yellow longer and smaller. All this starts happening from around 4 weeks so keep a close eye on them for any changes or differences between the two.

    If you could get a good shot of the two next to each other showing close up of combs, and another from the back showing the two tails you could try posting them on the australorp thread.
     
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