Baby Chicks, too young to sex but guesses

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jennyg, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. jennyg

    jennyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Supposed to all be pulleys!

    1 Rhode Island Red
    1 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
    1 Barred Plymouth Rock

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Pullet, pullet, cockerel.



















    You asked for guesses.
     
  3. jennyg

    jennyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can i ask why you think the RIR is a Rooster? She does have the brown line on the top of the head
     
  4. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no reliable way to sex RIRs by markings. Every time I've had a batch of "pullets" from a hatchery, there is always a cockerel or two in there.

    If they were sexed by "professionals" then chances are high that they are pullets.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Actually there is some literature that says that the RIR with the head stripe are always female. But, both female and male RIR can be absent the head stripe, and male RIR will never show the head stripe. Of course that may depend on the purity of the stock, and possibly the strain.
     
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  6. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should have said, "there is no surefire way to sex RIRs" I understand that the head stripe thing works well for some breeding lines. Mine don't, I hatched a couple dozen RIRs last fall and the stripe appeared on some of the ones that turned out to be cockerels.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Thanks. Good to hear, and it validates the "strain" issue.
     

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