Hi everyone! I've been lurking on these forums for weeks now, hoping to figure out what gender my chicks are. I bought 3 Barred Rock chicks from Kaneohe Farm Supply on August 22. They said they got that batch of chicks on the 12th so I'm guessing they are about 7 weeks old now. Well two of the three started getting little pink combs so I went back to the farm store and bought two more chicks on September 12th (they said they got them on September 2nd). The guys at the store looked at the initial chicks I bought from them and insisted that they're all girls and waved a washer on a string above their heads in a circle as "proof". If they're all girls that would be great but something tells me the washer-on-a-string method isn't the most scientific or reliable method of sexing chickens. When I bought the chicks I was told they were 95% females so I figured the odds were in my favor but now, out the the 5 chickies, it looks like I have 2 with definitely pink combs and one tiny maybe-turning-pink comb. We are not allowed to have roosters where I live so I'm hoping for girls! These are the first 3 chicks we picked out as they look today. The one on the left has no pink in her comb and seems to be the most timid of the 3. The other two will jump up on your shoulders and perch there like parrots if you walk into their run.
These are two of the chicks in questions. See the pink combs (and wattles!?) starting?
Here's one of the newer chicks. No pink yet.
And then there's this guy. I think that comb is starting to show more pink already
They were done with the photo shoot at this point but I thought it might be good to have a photo to compare their plumage. None of them seem to have that dominant white barring of Barred Rock males yet.
Edited by Floof - 9/28/15 at 11:08pm