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Hi, I just got some chicks a little over a week ago. I live in a subdivision where we are aloud to have chickens but absolutely no roosters. So sadly any roosters I have will have to find new homes. :( I was wondering of there are any early clues, hints, ect. of a rooster? Just so I can find a new home asap so I don't get in trouble :p
 

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Best indicator in my opinon is comb color. Males pink up was sooner than females. Females dont pink up until they are about ready to lay.

Except ... Breeds like Silkies. Basically you have to wait for the crow or egg.
 

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So size doesn't matter?? I have 3 silkies but one is bigger than the other two. Here's a pic...

(the white one is the bigger one) Do you think he's a rooster??
 

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yessi_boo said:
In the first 10 days you can look at their feathers. If it's a pullet, it'll have 2 layers of feathers. If it only has one, it's a roo
This only works with certain fester sexed breeds. But very good post for those with those breeds.
 

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Nope size does not matter when it comes to that young of chicks. What you have is probably hatchery silkies which are pet quality and vary in sizes. I have 4 silkies from Ideal and each one is a different size and shape as adults.
 

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Nope size does not matter when it comes to that young of chicks. What you have is probably hatchery silkies which are pet quality and vary in sizes. I have 4 silkies from Ideal and each one is a different size and shape as adults.
Ok, what about behavior wise??
 

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What breed are they? Maybe pictures of them can help, except for silkies. Everything I've read says they and polish are the hardest to gender.
 

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What breed are they? Maybe pictures of them can help, except for silkies. Everything I've read says they and polish are the hardest to gender.
I have 2 blue d'uccle bantams, and a bantam Easter egger.
 

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Oh my goodness they are beautiful!! But they are super young. We aren't keeping roosters either out of courtesy to our neighbors and the fact that we are having another baby mid June so we are all set with crowing. We won't be sleeping as it is!

I can gender out most of my birds now (thanks heavily to the members of this forum!) but it wasn't until at least 4 weeks. We bought mostly straight run and actually lucked out. Out of 15 we have 4 Roos. Then 2 silkies. We have friends and family that will happily eat the fresh chicken so they will be dinner. It's just a waiting game until they grow a bit, but I think your polish will be the same as my silkies... Either it crows or it lays and that will be your indication!
 
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