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3 week old ISA Brown Pullets... not sure if one's a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by margaret1657, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. margaret1657

    margaret1657 Out Of The Brooder

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    So we got baby ISA Brown chicks from tsc a few weeks ago, and they're supposed to all be females. But, now that they're about 3 weeks old, they're starting to get some permanent feathers. I've noticed that 5 of the 6 are getting normal dark brown feathers, but I know they're sex-linked, so I'm kind of suspicious of one of them in particular that's growing white feathers, and I think it might be a rooster, but I'm not positive. My family is beginner at raising chickens, so we're not sure if this is a rooster. Does anybody know?

    [​IMG]Here's what most of them look like, starting to get dark brown feathers so I'm fairly confident that 5 of them are hens.



    [​IMG]This is the one I'm suspicious of. I've heard that these isa browns are sex-linked. Is this a rooster???



    Thank you. :)
     
  2. NorthGeogia

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    I got ISA Browns from TSC a couple of years ago. They said they were sold as straight run. I said ISA's are sex linked. They didn't know anything about them. Approximately 50 were pure white, while six had some coloring. I picked the 6. They all turned out to be pullets. Some had a lot of color, one had a white head and colored body, one had a colored head and a white body. So, as long as it has some color, its a pullet. Otherwise, sorry.
     
  3. NorthGeogia

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    By the way...they consistently lay one large egg every day. An excellent choice for a layer. I have a three year old ISA hen from a previous flock. She still gives 4 or 5 huge, although somewhat distorted, eggs per week.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What color is the mostly white one's chest? Golden or reddish feathering would mean it could be a pullet. However, if the chest is as white as the rest of the body, it is without a doubt a cockerel.
     
  5. margaret1657

    margaret1657 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for replying! :)
    It has some golden brown on it's chest, but does that mean it's conclusively a pullet? Because it only has a little bit of brown on it's chest.
     
  6. ftfarmer22

    ftfarmer22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you get a photo when they are a bit older, with better lighting?
     
  7. margaret1657

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    yeah, I can get another photo this weekend and post it to the thread.
     
  8. margaret1657

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    the one I'm suspecting only has a tiny bit of golden brown on its chest. Is it possible it could still be a roo? Is it possible for an isa brown rooster to have a little bit of golden brown at all?
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2016
  9. NorthGeogia

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    Hmm, to be sure you'll have to wait it out. Keep us posted on what develops. Thanks.
     
  10. Chicken-Eye

    Chicken-Eye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly the way I felt when I bought 2 chicks when I was completely new to chickens. One of them was a lighter more creamy white and the other had more grey around the edges. They turned out to be White Leghorn cockerels. Ever since then, it's been a mystery to me.

    I'd like to the see the birds older in these photos until I lay out all my predictions.
     

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