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sexing Ameraucana chicks
New to Ameraucana's how can I tell who is a pullet and who's a rooster Chick's were born july 8th , there are 9 black chicks and 3 blue and 3 are mixed coloured
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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
i really half to wait till their older to sex them I've been very confused with mine lately

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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
at about 4 weeks old the males combs start to turn pinkish red. mark them at that age because a couple of weeks after that they are very hard to tell apart.

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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
4 months you should be able to guess and think who's male and female mine are at 3 months and I'm guessing right now

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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
Thanks Gubi, have to check that one out.
I find by 3 month it becomes pretty clear, the fact that some of them start to crow helps!Icon_biggrin

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hahaha I had hoped to be able to tell before they start laying eggs!!!
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12 weeks old and I still can't tell!!!! there is about 2 that am pretty sure are pullets hopefully that doesn't make the rest all roosters!! Would have liked to have sold some extras at Mount Forest!!!!!!
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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
Do you have any pictures to post? I'm sure someone on here can help! I had a hard time up until about 10-11 weeks old to determine mine too, yes, the crowing helps.
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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
Can you not tell by the comb? 3 rows of peas = male, 1 row of peas = female.

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thanks norma I will have to have a closer look. I read some where that tail feathers straight tail hens and hooked tails roosters. Can pullets have more than one colour to there body? or do just rooster....
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(10-01-2013 10:32 PM)heyden Wrote:  thanks norma I will have to have a closer look. I read some where that tail feathers straight tail hens and hooked tails roosters. Can pullets have more than one colour to there body? or do just rooster....

Roosters will grow pointy hackle and saddle feathers. If we're talking true ameraucanas then the hens will have a very small and light comb consisting of 1 line of tiny bumps (peas) and the roosters, at a pretty young age will have a slightly larger comb with 3 lines of peas.

Can't speak for all hens but mine are dual colours.
maybe if you post some close-up head shot images we can see what's what. :)

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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
Ameraucanas are one of the hardest to sex until they are about 4 months old.....then the combs start to pink up in the boys. the girls are quite a bit later. the only other ones as hard as amers i find are easter eggers. LOL. and they're usually half ameraucana :-)
i usually just wait until they either crow or lay an egg, then i know for sure. i've had a few "girls" trick me at the last minute and become boys LOL.

with easter eggers if they have any brick red on the shoulders they are boys. but this doesn't hold true for pure ameraucana.

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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
I would still have 400 cockerels around if I couldn't tell. LOL. At two months you should be seeing at least 75% of the cockerels with redder larger combs, then the pullets start to get redder but if you haven't sorted by then the cockerels should be bearing shiny hackles on the neck and saddle. There are always a few question able ones but I just keep them till I am sure. Good luck sorting them.
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RE: sexing Ameraucana chicks
Gave away 6 that am pretty sure are roosters! Left with 2 black roosters 2 black pullets a dark grey pullet and a light grey(lavender) pullet, and 2 other greys that I think are rooster but not totally sure!!!
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