10 day old chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickencrazylady, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. chickencrazylady

    chickencrazylady In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    I was told to be able to tell a roo from a hen at this age all you have to do is look for a black dot on the top of their head, if the spot is there that chick will be a roo, any takers out there for this query?????

  2. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    I wouldn't count on this method - it only applies to certain sex-linked cross breed chickens. Sorry, I can't remember the mix though.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Actually, it refers to the Barred varieties.

    A Barred Rock chick (pure bred) at hatch. Females have a neat, round white head spot, if any. Roos will have a larger, irregular blotch of white.

    Barred Rooster over gold/red hen will produce Black sex links, with females have no head spot and males have a head blotch in white.

    You can still mess up, but at least you'll bat around .800

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