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RIR sexing

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Hey Guys, Love reading your posts, great community of animal addicts!  I was needing some help telling the sex of my RIRs.  They are still pretty young, about 3-4 weeks.  I was wanting to know what sex they were.  I have 5 and 4 of them seem identical.  The 5th one is different in alot of ways.  For one, he is much slimmer that the others.  The rest look plump but this one is slim.  His tail feathers usually stick strait up, while the others kinda lay down toward their rears.  His walk is different.  I was just wondering if its too early to tell or if not what to look for.  I'm hoping he's a rooster and the rest are hens.  That would be great.  Please help me with this. 
Love you guys,
Chad

post #2 of 18

I'm not sure of it's sex unless you post pictures. But if he struts and stands up strait, has thick huge legs, a larger reddish comb, and slower feathering than the others. There's a good chance it's a roo.

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post #3 of 18

you can check by their combs. which are on the top of the head. if the comb goes back farther on the head it is a rooster if the comb on the head is shorter than it is a hen

post #4 of 18
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Thanks for the advice guys.  His feathering is slower.  His feathers are small and short, the rest have wide, long feathers.  I'll have to check his comb tonight, not sure about that.  I'll try to post some pics of them tomorrow.

post #5 of 18

This might help you....

Sexing chicks-4-6wks of age
According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
  a. Comb The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
  b. Legs The cockerels legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
  c. Tail The cockerels tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
  d. Back The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
  e. Side of neck, flank and crop The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
  f. Wing bows In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

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Originally Posted by ilovebuffs 

Sexing chicks-4-6wks of age
According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
  a. Comb The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.


What about for rose or pea combs - do they also turn pinkish sooner?

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post #7 of 18

Yes, if you have a male and female to compare to each other...the male comb should be medium sized and pink and the female will be smaller and yellow.  Hope that helps!

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post #8 of 18
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He's difinitly a roo!  I'm so happy, I'd hoped to only have 1 roo out of the 5.  Thanks for the help guys, I'll be needing more soon as I (my son really) have 25 coming next month for 4-H.  Thanks Again,
Chad

post #9 of 18

nvm...i read!


Edited by Jenifer72 - 3/25/10 at 10:46am
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jenifer72 

I have RIRs that are 1 week and 3 days old...they all have feathers on their wings and only one has tail feathers started they are about a half inchto an inch long.  When it sits it really sticks out!  Is this a sign it could be a roo?  Or just that one chicks tail feathers are more advanced?


Some breeds, including RIR have pullets that develop feathers at twice the rate as the cockerals. So the faster feathering could be a good indication of a hen. My 3 RIR chicks are 4 weeks now and the faster feathering ones which I thought were roosters, are definately hens. They have lots of feathers, small skinny legs, shorter yellow comb, and a low chick walk, and other girly features.

Ducks rule, but so do chickens. Proud owner of one female pekin named Sunny.
3 RIR/PRs and 2 EEs. 5 hens 28+ weeks old and almost full size! Please visit my dragons
http://dragcave.net/user/Pet_Duck_Boy114
I'm the Cocky Cockeral of BYC!
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Ducks rule, but so do chickens. Proud owner of one female pekin named Sunny.
3 RIR/PRs and 2 EEs. 5 hens 28+ weeks old and almost full size! Please visit my dragons
http://dragcave.net/user/Pet_Duck_Boy114
I'm the Cocky Cockeral of BYC!
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