Boys or girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bulmjn01, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. bulmjn01

    bulmjn01 New Egg

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    I am new to chickens and wondering whether I have received any roos in this batch. They are 18 wks old. I was told the white ones are amberlink and the black ones barred rocks. I haven't heard any crowing yet.[​IMG]
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The only pic that shows is Noodle, who is female.
     
  3. bulmjn01

    bulmjn01 New Egg

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    I have resubmitted a pic.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    All girls. And the breeds are correct, Amberlinks and Barred Rocks. The Amberlinks look like they are getting really close to laying. The Rocks look like they have another month or so till they are ready to lay.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They all look like pullets to me.
     
  6. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    agree!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    all pullets - lucky you amber links & barred rocks
     
  8. bulmjn01

    bulmjn01 New Egg

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    Thank you for the responses. I'm so excited to have received hens for my first go at byc's. I am curious tho, how are you able to tell so easily from a picture? What do I want to look for in future batches? I've researched this since I got them at 2wks old but the more I read and the more they grew I second guessed myself.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    At their age, it's the feathering that determines males from females, since females should start to be getting red in the comb as they approach the onset of lay. Males develop long, thin, pointed saddle feathers at about 10 weeks old. By the time they are 18 weeks, those feathers are very visible. Female feathering in that region does not differ in shape from the rest of the feathers on the body.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Agree your birds are as advertised, Amberlink and Rock females.

    Last year was my first year with the Amberlinks, and I was quite pleased with them. I've had barred Rocks forever, they're the backbone of my flock. I think you'll be very happy with your flock, especially once they start laying!
     

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