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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Up date: second bird from the right in the last photo is growing long pointed saddle feathers and the other three have rounded wide ones
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    It's a shame that I can't keep roosters here. The backfence is on the boundry between a rural and residential zone so if i could move the run 2 metres north I could keep them.
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Here are the same 4 birds now at 12 weeks
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Always! I find it so frustrating when these threads never get proper closure
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Here is what the parents looked like if it helps
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Thanks. I'm fairly sure the one with thet tiny comb is a pullet. I was told they should be 7 - 8 weeks old. There are two factors that make me less sure about the genders and that is the mothers genes could be just about anything (although the black orpington traits look fairly dominant to me)...
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    Does it matter that they only look red some of the time? When they are all relaxed they look pale. They only go red when im bugging them with my camera
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    I am still going to keep them until even I can't deny it anymore but I think your right that 2, and quite probably 3, are roosters.
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    Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

    I recently got 4 chicks from a family member. Their dad was a purebreed black orpington and the mother was as much of a mixed breed as you can get. I have heard that sexing orpingtons is very difficult so I need some help with these. I was told that half the chicks had that hatched in that...
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    When can I sex my Wyandottes

    I hatched 7 GLW chicks last week. Last time a hatched 7 chicks (BR) 5 of them were roos. How early can I sex them (without vent sexing)? is it 6-10 weeks or is there some trick to sexing GLW sooner? I am hoping for at least 3 pullets this time.
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    First try on the Rcom pro10- follow along as I review this incubator from out of the box to hatch da

    It has a reservoir of water on the side that has a tube that goes into the middle. With the air hole at the top fully open and the reservoir full it stays at about 45 -50% humidity. To increase humidity during lock down I just put milk bottle lids filled with water in a couple of empty egg slots...
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    Trying to reduce chicken feed costs

    It's a New Zealand invention that stops rats, mice and other pests getting into you chook feed. The chickens stand on the plate to open the lid.
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    Trying to reduce chicken feed costs

    I would recommend using a chooketeria. It reduces wastage quite a bit and its fun to watch them use it.
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    Just wanting to make sure of gendar

    In my experience, a rooster knows another rooster when it sees one. Hens pick on pullets and roosters pick on roos.
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    Just wanting to make sure of gendar

    Look at the hackles on that boy! There are saddle feathers in that first photo too. The huge comb is a dead give away as well.
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    Just wanting to make sure of gendar

    First one is defiantly a rooster.
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