Some seem obvious but others not so much. According to my Google research, the only way you'll know 100% for sure is when it lays, or crows!
Any opinions - based on experience, gut feel or wild guesswork - very welcome.
|I'm fairly sure this pretty yellowish one is a girl, and I want to keep her.|
|that looks like a rooster tail to me, but he(?) doesn't have a lot of comb yet|
|possibly a girl, and rather lovely feathers|
|this one has the most obvious rooster-style comb and wattle development, yet no prominent tail|
|a girl, I think|
|fairly sure this is a girl - pretty much no comb or wattle development|
|here's the little rooster again showing off his beautiful blue-laced gold wyandotte colouring (certainly the best colouring of all the chicks)|
|girl? have we already looked at this one? they run about so much it's very hard to get good photos|
|a bit of comb and wattle... who knows|
We'll keep one or two hens as layers and any others will be bound for the chookyards of friends. I really hope we have a few girls to give away.
The two mother hens who did the hatching are about to start laying again any day now. They're making the right noises. Come on ladies, you can do it. It seems so crazy to have 13 chickens at home and have to buy eggs.
Next spring, maybe one of these babies will be hatching another clutch of eggs for us. We're definitely keen to do it all again.
- Jane x