Sex the chicks!
Guess the sex

Dear everyone who got here by Googling “sex” and “chicks”,

a) You’re never going to meet a real girl with real boobs over Google. O.K. you might but she won’t be a quality girl.

and

b)  Maybe what you really need in your life is a hobby. Something to make you feel productive and useful.   Like chickens.

 

Signed,

Karen

 

Now that I’ve addressed the  issue of drop-in porn browsers, let’s get onto the business at hand which is figuring out whether I have boy chickens or girl chickens.  As you know a few weeks ago I went out and bought myself 4 Black Copper Marans chicks.

When you buy chicks called “free run” that means you’re basically getting a handful of feathers that may or may not be girl chickens. You WANT girl chickens because they’re the ones who actually produce food (eggs).  The boy chickens just make a lot of noise, try to boss around the girl chickens and generally do a lot of strutting. They also eat a lot of food.

I’m sure at this very moment you’re seeing the similarities between the chicken world and the human world.  The significant difference being if a Rooster angers you, you can (legally) chop its head off.

I’ve thought from day one that my biggest chick was a hen. Which is the opposite of what you would normally think, but after doing some research on Marans I discovered that (again like humans) the females mature more quickly than the males.

What I think I’m holding onto (much to the chagrin of everyone who was hoping for one of my pullets) is 1 hen and 3 roosters.

One of my chickens isn’t a pure bred Marans, but is a Lavender Orpington / Black Copper Marans cross.  So that one is a bit of a crap shoot because she/her/it will develop differently than the other 3 pure bred Black Copper Marans.

So I’m looking for guesses from you.  What do you think I have?  Girl chickens?  Boy chickens?  Souvlaki?

Allow me to introduce you to chickens 1, 2, 3, and 4.  As you look at the photos try to guess if you think they’ll grow up to be a hen or a rooster.

 

 

 

chick-1

 

Chick-2

 

Chick-3

 

chick-4

 

And here is what I think.

 

 

Karen's-guesses

 

 

Even if you don’t have a clue about chickens take a guess.  I suspect I’ll let you know what I have in about 4 weeks at probably around 5 o’clock in the morning when the cock starts calling.

Google that porn freak.

 

111 Comments

  1. Mimiindublin says:

    1 girl, 2 boy, 3 girl, 4 boy

  2. I see:
    1 – Dinner
    2 – Breakfast Omelet
    3 – Dinner
    4 – Dinner

    Must be because I’m a guy. 8)

  3. Minki says:

    1 – Boy
    2 – Girl
    3 – Girl
    4 – Boy

  4. Grammy says:

    My guess is same as yours, and I, too, made my guess before I saw yours. Add me to the illustrious group who knows nothing about chickens except recipes.

    Which leads me to ask — if those of us who know zero about it guessed based on the size of the combs (and that must be it because we see not much else to compare) then — why? I mean, if that’s a fairly reliable measure, then you look at comb size and that’s usually right. But if it’s not usually the indicator, then it doesn’t make any difference and you could ask for guesses without showing us pictures.

    I’m not complaining, I’m just confused. Like I signed up for Political Science and showed up in the wrong room and was handed a lab coat and a scalpel and a dead frog. I’d go ahead and do the dissection, but I’d be wondering what that had to do with urban voting patterns during heat waves.

    Your chickens are cute, though.

  5. Auntiepatch says:

    I’m sorry but I think you have 3 boys and 1 girl. But what do I know???

  6. Crazy Chicken Ladies says:

    Think you nailed the genders quite well. Roo, hen, roo, roo.
    We look at the combs, wait for the siccle feathers to come in and then if still iffy, see if it crows.
    They are adorable chicks. Thanks to your darling pictures of Copper Marans chicks, we just hatched some (and an olive egger!) and we’re hopping they are hens.

    Love seeing your chicken pictures…toes crossed the third turns into a hen.

  7. kate-v says:

    Number 2 with a small comb is probably a girl – I guess the rest are Souvlaki.

  8. caryl hodgdon says:

    girl boy girl girl

  9. Lavada says:

    It would just be better to have two and two for more eggs. So, here’s hoping:
    1-boy, 2-girl, 3-not so attractive girl, 4-boy
    No offense to No. 3, but let’s face it, it looks like a comb. . .a comb on a girl – but, it’s okay; most everybody goes through a little ugly stage. And maybe the “ugly duckling” would be the one to lay the darkest eggs to make up for one’s appearance at a younger age (who, by the way, I will be referring to as Hildegard until you name them yourself). Done and done. She is a girl!

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Not a bad name choice. I’ve named the one that’s obviously a hen (to be revealed at a later date). I won’t be naming the next one until I know for sure. :) ~ karen

  10. Twyla Harkey says:

    I’m going with”all girls”

  11. Elena says:

    1:Male
    2:Pullet
    3:Not sure (could be a pullet with a large comb since the wattles are not very pronounced)
    4:Male

    Can you post pictures of their tails? I can’t remember if males or females stop peeping earlier (I’m getting them confused with ducks).

  12. Ruth Vallejos says:

    1.3.4 – boys. 2 – girl. I know nothin’ Lady Snow!

  13. Sue says:

    Boy, girl, boy, boy. Based on comb structure and a total lack of knowledge about anything poultry . . .

  14. Sherry says:

    I think you’re right Karen… boy, girl, boy and boy. Looks like pretty rotten luck. Perched to see the final result.

  15. ruth says:

    Same as your guess, Karen. Just like Nancy Blue Moon, I guessed before I saw yours. I know nothing about chickens.

  16. Debbie says:

    1-Male
    2-Female
    3-Male
    4-Male

    can’t wait ’til the cock crows!

    • Dana says:

      I agree with you. roo,hen,roo,roo.
      My rooster starts at about 4:30, when the eastern sky shows a little light afar off.

      my mom can sex chicks by feeling the pelvic region.NO PORN FREAKS, IT REALLY WORKS.

  17. Deb says:

    Hmmmm….I know less than nothing about chickens. Boy, Girl, Boy, Boy. And I also decided before I saw your guess.

  18. SeaDee says:

    Ok I’ll play. Boy girl boy girl

  19. Susan Preston says:

    Boy, girl, boy, boy!! Oh great! Louise turned into Louis, and Barbara turned into Bob and Lucy became Lucifer! ! Looks like we’re finding a rooster rescue group! Or are we going to the auction sale in Hagersville sometime soon.

  20. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    My guess is the same as yours Karen..and I guessed before I looked at yours..

  21. Michele says:

    Oh Karen! I can’t resist replying as my odds with our flock are 2 out of six. 2 roosters out of 6 chicks picked. I totally agree with you. Looks like three boys and one girl due to the comb development. I have a Marans as well and just adore their personalities!

  22. Niki Dee says:

    Exactly the same guess as you but I don’t feel iffy about 3….boy all the way. Why did you choose free run? I can’t have a rooster so I went with straight run. I’d feel bad having to off the guy knowing I can’t keep him.

  23. Lesley Williamson says:

    boy, girl, girl, girl

  24. becky says:

    I see boy, girl, girl,girl. Although, I would love to see their tail feathers before I’d put any money on my guess.

    • Karen says:

      You’re absolutely right re: the tail feathers Becky but it was hard enough to get THESE pictures, lol. 2 have shorter “straight up” tail feathers and 2 have longer, downward tail feathers with that hump across their back the way hens get. I’ll try to get tail shots. ;) ~ karen

  25. Hahaahaha … 5 o’clock in the morning when the cock comes calling… You crack me up. Excuse the pun :)

    • Karen says:

      Never excuse a pun! Always take credit for the punny brilliance. ;) ~karen!

      • Mary Kay Feely says:

        5 is late for a Rooster. Lived next door to one for 2 years and he started at 4:30 and was at it all freaking day. I hate Roosters.

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