I was looking at some of my 10 day old RI red chicks and noticed that some of the chicks have deep red or mahogany colored tips on the beaks and a couple have solid golden tan beaks. According to the old wives' tale of sexing that my dad used, the solid colored beaks belong to females. The technique of sexing to which I refer is to hold the chicks carefully by their middle toes and see if it flies up to your hand or just hangs down or flies up then hangs down. I don't try to hurt the chicks, btw. As soon as I let them go, they run off then run right back, especially if I have feed. So... Have any of you noticed a difference in beack coloring and it's relation to gender? Was it just a fluke in my case? The RI reds I'm looking at were packing peanuts and I was told they were most likely going to be all roosters, although some pullets could be included.