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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by holm25 View Post

I am pretty sure they are all pullets. Icelandics are rainbow chickens and dont have a certified color so there is no way they make sex links.

If you put a non-barred rooster (and non-dominant white) over a barred rock, you'll get a black sex link. I don't think most Icelandics carry barring. You can clearly see saddle feathers on the barred birds in the pics, not the specific birds the OP is asking about as they've apparently already identified them as males. 

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post #12 of 16
Well blackie is a for sure female. I have raised lots of birds and the barred ones are easiest to sex.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by holm25 View Post

Well blackie is a for sure female. I have raised lots of birds and the barred ones are easiest to sex.

Pure barred birds are easy to sex. If only one parent is barred, then they will all have dark barring like pure females. The way the barring gene works, a barred hen can only pass her barring gene to her male offspring. If the parent roosters aren't barred, than any barred chicks can only be male. It is genetically impossible to get a barred pullet from a barred hen/non-barred rooster pairing.

post #14 of 16

Folks here are working to keep Icelandics(a landrace) as pure as possible.   What a shame someone allowed their rooster in with other breed hens.

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post #15 of 16
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Sorry! Thought I had the age in there. They are a little over 10 weeks old. The lighter barred i have (not pictured) are DEFINATELY males as they have much larger and redder waddles and combs. The teicky part is that some may have had Americauna Mother meaning you cant really go by the waddles and comb. Thank you all on your input. Trying to seperate and fatten the boys up asap.
post #16 of 16
I would leave blackie with the pullets for now. I am positive its a pullet.
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