could they be hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by egyptchick, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. egyptchick

    egyptchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Two of my "girls" suddenly became boys in a twelve hour period so after close inspection i was positive that at least two other girls were roos but i am not sure. the two in question are a rhode island red and a black sex link. both have small combs with.very light color and wattles that are more visible then my other girls but no where near as big as my boys. they are about twelve weeks old so is it possible i am seeing roos when really they are hens. can't send picsj, sorry.
     
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Why cant you post pics?
     
  3. michpetea

    michpetea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may crow very soon - that will be a giveaway. Lots of RIR and sex-links have large combs and waddles, so you may still have some girls. Are there any green feathers growing in the tail area?

    Where in Ontario?
     
  4. okiehen

    okiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    black sex link roosters are barred in color, hens are black with red hackles
    would have to see the rir to see for sure on them.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If your black sex link is black, it's a hen. If it's barred black and white, it's a boy. That's the point of sex-linkage.
    At twelve weeks, a group of hens will be kinda like a group of twelve year old human girls. Some will be starting to develop sexually, some will still look like children. So, some hens will start getting redder or larger combs as some breeds can start laying as early as sixteen weeks. Really, we can't help more unless we see pics.
     
  6. egyptchick

    egyptchick Out Of The Brooder

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    here is a pic. Best i could do to get them all in one shot. my 5 girls? are in the middle surrounded by the boys. 4 reds and blackie who is a black sex link. so far no large combs or wattles but blackie has larger wattles then the other girls.

    Best guesses would be appreciated. Are these girls?
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Blackie is a girl, don't know about the other one.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The black sex-link is indeed a black sex-link hen. The others in the middle also appear to be hens.
     

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