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Buckeye chicks...roos or pullets?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Heather8183, May 17, 2010.

  1. Heather8183

    Heather8183 In the Brooder

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    We ended up with 15 chicks. I'm thinking only 3 are roos but I know I can't be that lucky! I read that Buckeye roos have longer darker wings and tails, so that's what I'm judging by.

    Here's the whole crew. Notice some of them are really light...like yellow [​IMG] Are those really even Bucks??
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    (see how light the one on the left is compared to him?)
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    The other 12 don't have long dark wings and definately don't have tails...

    Thanks for your insight! [​IMG]
     
  2. Heather8183

    Heather8183 In the Brooder

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    No one has any idea?
     
  3. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Songster

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    This way of sexing is not very reliable, I would wait til they grow [​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Way too early for me.....they're adoreable though!
     
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco 8 Years

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    If you are feather sexing, that doesn't apply to all breeds. You should be able to tell by about 4-weeks who is looking roo-ish. I just hatched and got a shipment of chicks that now give me Buckeyes. I am really looking forward to seeing them grow. Good luck with yours.
     
  6. petrelline

    petrelline Songster

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    You can't feather sex buckeye chicks. I was sure I could with my batch, I even marked them, and I was totally wrong. The chicks are lighter and darker at random. Also the "longer and darker wings and tails" thing applies once they've grown up. The feathering changes as they grow.

    Sorry. You'll just have to wait. I have 22 16-weekers and there's five where I'm still not sure what sex they are. [​IMG]
     
  7. LeBlackbird

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    The Op is Color Sexing them, Not Feather sexing them! It is a way with buckeyes, but I find it unreliable....
     
  8. boogiedog

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    No sexing advice to offer but I LOVE the pic of the little butt feathers. Too cute.
     

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