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Chicks
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susan    Posted 05-25-2003 at 08:04:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have 8 chicks...how old before i can tell of they are hens or roosters?i believe they are about 6 to 7 wks old now.


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-25-2003 at 15:14:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is so funny that you posted that today.. then again, it is *that time of year*
My pullets are about the same age as yours. I have been looking at two of them and wondering... one is a barred rock, and the other one is a Rhode Island Red. They have combs that are larger and a lot more red then the rest of the hens... I also noticed that the tails on these are different. That the feathers curl in instead of being straight. Hmmm. So, I had my mom take a look and sure enough I have 2 roosters! I am very happy about this!
I have had some people say that their chicks will start crowing at a young age. These never did.
Too funny.
Now my nephew's barred rock hen [a free 2002 easter chick!] has a barred rock "husband" LOL


Dave    Posted 05-25-2003 at 20:16:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have Barred Rocks and R.I.Reds and the first ones started crowing at about 12 to 13 weeks and at over 15 weeks some are just now beginning to crow...it still takes em a while to get tuned up :)


Ron/PA    Posted 05-25-2003 at 09:57:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Susan, Usually the combs and wattles will develope sooner and larger on Roosters, the tail feathers and large wing feathers will coarsen up sooner on Roosters.
You do NOT need to keep them separate to get the hens to lay eggs, they will begin to lay eggs anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks at this time of year.
In general you will see the roosters begin to develope physically, before the hens do.
Good luck and enjoy
Ron


steve JD 4000    Posted 05-25-2003 at 09:41:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
the Roosters would have more red on top of their heads than the hens would have less. you would want to keep the roosters and hens apart if you want hens to have eggs. roosters would go real wild.

it's hard to tell when they are little, but you would find it roosters makes alot of noise.


cowgirlj    Posted 05-25-2003 at 10:59:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You don't need a rooster for the hens to lay eggs. Only to fertilize the eggs. We had 27 hens, no roosters, 2 dozen eggs daily during the summer months.


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