Black sex link hen or rooster

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ltlbg731, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. ltlbg731

    ltlbg731 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 black sex links that I am curious about their sex. They are 22 weeks old and have not started laying. One of them at lease makes weird loud noises sometimes sounding like a rooster but not a crow. I have attached pictures of both chickens. Can anyone tell me if they are hens or rooters. Thank you[​IMG]
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  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens. Are you sure there isn't a secret nest?
     
  3. ltlbg731

    ltlbg731 Out Of The Brooder

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    They unfortunately are in their run and coop most of the day. They only get let out late afternoon early evening and someone is always out there with them ever since we had a hen attacked and killed free ranging when nobody was out there. I have seen nothing in their run or coop and I have looked numerous times especially since I have 2 other hens that lay every day. These 2 are incredibly vocal much more than my other 2 hens.
     
  4. jaymeellis06

    jaymeellis06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im pretty sure black sex link Roosters are barred, so these would be hens.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep. Black sex link roosters basically look like this

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    That's the whole concept behind sex link....the sex is linked to the color of the bird. Males are barred, females aren't.

    Looks like eggs any day now.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely females. Black Sex-Link males would look different.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely pullets. BSL cockerels look much different.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yup, true. They look completely different than the hens. That's what sex link means, that they can be sexed at hatch because the males have a head spot and the pullets are solid black at hatch.
     
  9. QueenBubbles

    QueenBubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So even if the pullets get saddle feathers and long floppy tail feathers, there is no way for them to be roosters?
    It is hard to get pix that show cause it's so black. Red here is 10 weeks:
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  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a pullet. I'm not seeing any saddle feathers or sickle feathers in the tail.
     

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