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Color differences

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by benandsarah, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. benandsarah

    benandsarah Out Of The Brooder

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    Does the color difference mean anything? They are the same age and same breed. RIR. One is slightly bigger but had much much more yellow color. The smaller one has very dominate red brown from the neck down. Is it a male/female thing?[​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Color difference doesn't necessarily give the gender, but the bird in front does appear to be a cockerel.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Since RIRs (or Production Reds) are not sex linked nor an auto sexing breed, the color means nothing where gender is concerned. However, given the size and redness its comb, I'm thinking the chick on the left is a cockerel.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I think what you're seeing is the male chick being slower to feather out. It's not a great picture, but I think the bird on the left still has a lot of yellow chick down. They'll be the same color in a few more weeks.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    x 2 donrae makes sense
     
  6. benandsarah

    benandsarah Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the good info. There are only 2 in my flock that are "late feathering" and the happen to be the two largest. These two happened to come out of the 5 free straight run chickens the store gave me when I purchased my pullets and feed. I'll post more pics in a couple weeks.... Thanks all!
     
  7. benandsarah

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    We suspected he may be a roo. So we named him Fodhorn
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     
  9. benandsarah

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    Looking more like a roo everyday!
     
  10. benandsarah

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