Hello everyone! I haven't even had chickens for a year yet, so I have a lot of questions. I understand the sex link genetics when it is obvious, but not when the colors are reversed. I have a Light Sussex Rooster. He won't breed my LS hens, only my RIR's. So when one of my LS hens goes broody, I stick the RIR eggs under her. My first hen hatched out 5 lil chicks. (1st Picture) 4 of them are white with brown throughout, and 1 is white with black tail and wing tips. I don't know if any of them are going to have colored hackle feathers yet. Sooooo, my question is: Anybody out there know if you can tell if they are hens or roosters at this point? Anybody hatched out the same cross before? Here is "Nemo", the same cross, only hatched from an incubator that went crazy for 2 days. His feathers are a lil rough, hence the name. Need to know if I need to change the name to "Dora". LOL Any way, all coloring on him/her is black. None of my LS hens or rooster have black other than wing tips, tail, and hackles. Would appreciate any help! Thought I would post this pic also. My birthday today and look at my present!