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A school has 12 Isa Brown chicks that they hatched and are trying to get rid of. Is there a way to tell their sex when they are a week or two old? Now is not a good time of the year to get chicks but they're free and if I knew they were hens I think it would be worth the effort. I'd rather not have chickens taking up space all winter in my heated garage to find out that they are roosters.
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Reddish chicks are females, white are males.

 

See here:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information/0_50

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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If they hatched them, they probably arent true ISA brown chicks.  Probably can't sex them until they are big enough to exhibit male or female feathering, or combs getting big.

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Why can't they be true Isa Browns if they hatched them?
 

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Because only a very few hatcheries have ISA browns.  They are a hybrid.  If someone bought ISA brown chicks, grew them up, and hatched their eggs, they won't be ISA browns.  They will just be a mix.  True ISA browns from a hatchery are sex linked, and can be sexed at hatch.

 

Edited to say that only Townline Hatchery has ISA brown chicks available for sale.


Edited by halo - 10/8/12 at 8:39am
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I'll try to find out where they purchased the eggs from.
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Townline Hatchery in Zeeland, Michigan is the only licensed hatchery in the U.S. that sells the real ISA Brown. If you find ISA Brown chicks at other hatcheries they still come from Townline Hatchery which sells to so called Hatcheries that sell chicks but don't actually hatch them.

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A school has 12 Isa Brown chicks that they hatched and are trying to get rid of. Is there a way to tell their sex when they are a week or two old? Now is not a good time of the year to get chicks but they're free and if I knew they were hens I think it would be worth the effort. I'd rather not have chickens taking up space all winter in my heated garage to find out that they are roosters.


The female chicks both ISA Browns and Red Sex Links will be a buff color and the male chicks will be more of a white color. If the school hatched them, they are not ISA Browns but rather Red Sex Links.


Edited by cmom - 10/8/12 at 9:48am

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A school has 12 Isa Brown chicks that they hatched and are trying to get rid of. Is there a way to tell their sex when they are a week or two old? Now is not a good time of the year to get chicks but they're free and if I knew they were hens I think it would be worth the effort. I'd rather not have chickens taking up space all winter in my heated garage to find out that they are roosters.

Where did you get the eggs?

If the eggs came from http://www.townlinehatchery.com/ then they are true Sex-links and are White Males and Red Females.

 

Now if you got the eggs from a "backyard breeder" then they are not Sex-links (or ISA Browns) so they will be harder to tell sex at birth. (A Red Sex-link bred to a Red Sex-link doesn't produce Red Sex-link offspring)

 

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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Originally Posted by Bmmjz Chicks View Post

A school has 12 Isa Brown chicks that they hatched and are trying to get rid of. Is there a way to tell their sex when they are a week or two old? Now is not a good time of the year to get chicks but they're free and if I knew they were hens I think it would be worth the effort. I'd rather not have chickens taking up space all winter in my heated garage to find out that they are roosters.

Where did you get the eggs?

If the eggs came from http://www.townlinehatchery.com/ then they are true Sex-links and are White Males and Red Females.

 

Now if you got the eggs from a "backyard breeder" then they are not Sex-links (or ISA Browns) so they will be harder to tell sex at birth. (A Red Sex-link bred to a Red Sex-link doesn't produce Red Sex-link offspring)

 

 

Chris

 
This is true. I have experimented with breeding my true Townline Hatchery Isa Browns and the chicks came out all colors. I even had

black chicks hatch out. Not all Sex Links are Isa Browns. I have crossed a RIR male with a Delaware female. The female chicks look like the RIR father and the males look like the Delaware mothers. Also I have crossed RIR males with RIW females and the female chicks look like the RSL and the male chicks are white with some brown and black coloring in their feathering. Here is a good article by the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture

 

Here are some of the chicks from my Isa Browns.

 

Some of my Isa Browns from Townline Hatchery

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HEY LOOK!!! ---> UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events

---> Florida Fair Schedule 2013/2014 and  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!

Heritage Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites & soon Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds

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Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

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