Barred Rock or Black Sex links? When will I know? Updated with pics.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DebB11, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had them just over 4 weeks...

    Am I going to be able to tell anytime soon if I have BR or Sex Links?

    What do I look for to help determine this? I will try and post some updated pics later..


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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You'll know by the end of week three. Very quickly. The BRs will begin feathering out in their distinctive spots and stripes.
    The BSL will stay black except for the red/buff bleed through on the head/neck and breast area.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Here are barred rocks at 4 weeks, a male and female. The second photo shows some BSLs at 5 weeks (with some RSL). So? Which did you get? [​IMG][​IMG]

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  4. smarquis86

    smarquis86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like br to me. They have the stripes in there feathers.
     
  5. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wouldn't black sex links males be barred at this point though? Is it bad to have some comb and wattle showing at this age? Does that indicate roos? I tried to get some pics but they won't quit moving long enough for me to get a good shot of their heads...

    I'm getting a bit nervous because all have combs but not red although a couple look to be a bit pink but they aren't huge or anything.... I have noticed the pinkish/redish though that appears to be wattles developing... is this too early which would indicate roos?
     
  6. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all 4 of mine have coloring like the top pic of yours...chick on top but I can't really see the head well enough to compare mine with your male.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes, BSL males carry the barred gene, well, half of it, I guess. The BSL roos will be the ringers.
    But, by 6-8 weeks, the males are fairly obvious. To me, it's just a life time of experience noticing the way a rooster holds himself and the way he walks with his big feet and strange knee action. Upright, observant and proud.
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:At this age, the head spot is irrelevant. That only works when they are days old. When you choose from a mixed bin or BSL and BR, the head dot becomes confusing because the BSL pullet has none. Only the Roo.

    On the BR, the head dot on the female is small and regular. Roos are irregular. But even after all this kind of stuff, no sexing of chicks is 100%, ever.
    Soon enough, the males and females show themselves as what they are.
     
  9. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was talking more of comb/wattles. Does it mean roo if all mine have combs at this point? we bought them 4 weeks 2 days ago...not sure how old they were when we got them but they were chicks.....

    I am not sure if the combs at this point mean anything.... I am also noticing some pinkish wattles beginning on at least 2 of them...
     
  10. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    photos?
     

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