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I have 5 chicks that were from an unsexed bin and I have 1 pullet that I'm not quite sure what she is. They are in their 5th week now.After doing some reading on here I'm thinking I have more roos than I want (and obviously they're my favorite) If you could help me I would greatly appreciate some  insight. This is my first time having chickens and I'm loving them so far. I just can't keep any roosters. I already have nice farm homes set up for them once I figure out who's a roo for sure. Thanks!!

 

 

 

This is the first Rhode Island Red. I'm kind of thinking this one may be a Roo. 

 

 

 

 

 


This is chick #2. We got them all at the same time but this one seems to be growing much slower than the others. In the last few days  its just started getting more feathers coming in.  I wish this was a Roo instead of the others, she picks on everyone and is very feisty 

 

 

 


This is my barred rock. I think she might be a she but she's always kind of off by herself and is one of the calmer ones. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is chick number 4 and my favorite... I'm thinking this is a Roo too... 

 

 

 

 

 


This is the last RIR... I kind of think this is a hen, and I'm really hoping to have at least 2 RIR hens. 

 

 

 


This is the pullet that I'm not quite sure what she is. I thought that they gave us 2 California Whites, but she doesn't look anything like the other California White I have. 

 

 

 

Thanks for all of your help!!!!

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It's way too young to tell with any certainty, but RIRs #1 and #4 are looking suspicious. The others are all looking like pullets as so far - the Barred Rock has a really nice dark pattern and dark legs which are good signs of a pullet.

The last one is a Red Sex Link pullet.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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x2  Queen Misha

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At 5 weeks of age...I think you lucked out and you've got pullets. RIR roos usually have large pink combs by now (5 weeks of age).

 

The only one that looks possible to be roo is the first one as the comb is big, but still yellow.

 

You've actually got Production Reds (feed stores don't really sell RIR), a Barred Rock and the final bird is a Red Sex Link pullet (can tell by color...red with white trim).

 

Production Reds mature quickly, so having a larger yellow comb is fairly common with the girls. If it turns red in the next week or two, then you'll know you've got boys. By 6 weeks of age, the roos are usually telecasting pretty clearly...definitely by 8 weeks of age. PR's are not subtle nor one of the breeds that leave you guessing too often.

 

And comb size and most importantly color is your true indicator. Temperament can be so varied. I've had snotty pullets and quiet roos. PR pullets often are fairly assertive. (They've actually been my noisiest and most aggressive chickens ever, but excellent egg layers).

 

My thoughts.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 4/9/16 at 11:24pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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