How to Tell If My Ameraucana Chick Is a Hen or Rooster?

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How to Tell If My Ameraucana Chick Is a Hen or Rooster?
Ameraucana chicks are usually light yellow or white at birth. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The Ameraucana breed of chicken is a strain of fowl that was developed and bred in the United States for farming. This particular kind of chicken is one of the most common types of chicken in the United States because of the ease of breeding, quality and quantity of laid eggs, and their mellow temperament. Determining if an Ameraucana chick is a hen or a rooster is very simple. All you have to do is follow a general set of guidelines.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Look at the feathers of the chick. Hen chicks will have longer primary feathers on the upper part of their bodies, while the lower part will have shorter feathers. Rooster chicks will have short feathers all over their bodies that will be visibly shorter than those found on hens.

  2. 2

    Look at the general colour of the chick. During the first 48 hours of their lives, rooster chicks will develop large spots of a reddish or black hue onto their yellow tint. Female chicks will stay the same yellowish colour on the majority of their bodies until they are roughly four months of age, when the yellow colour will begin to fade.

  3. 3

    Observe the behaviour of the chicks. Hen chicks will often be submissive and tentative in their mannerisms, often refraining from participating in rough play. Rooster chicks, on the other hand, will be far more prone to aggression and outgoing behaviour. However, this behaviour will not be apparent until the chicks are several weeks old.

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