Cyn and other BR experts. I need some help with genders. **Now PIX**

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SterlingAcres, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Can you sex a chick? I was told the spot on the head was some indicator. I have 4 BR chicks here that hatched yesterday and today. They all have spots so large their whole head looks white. I'll get a picture when I can, but what do you think?
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  2. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    The color of the legs also help to tell their sex
  3. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I got this from a post that Cynthia has posted before. Here you go.

    The males tend to have larger headspots and the females to have
    darker colored legs. However, this method has not been sufficiently
    accurate to be of much commercial value.
    Quinn and Knox (1939) attempted to separate the sexes of
    Barred Plymouth Rocks by means of the intensity of the black
    pigment in the down and legs. In different lots of chicks they
    report 83.5, 86.1 and 91.8 percent accuracy.
    Jerome (1939) describes a method of sex identification in
    Barred Plymouth Rocks based upon the regularity of the outline
    of the head spot rather than the size of the spot. Those chicks
    having headspots irregular in outline and scattered in appearance
    are males while the females tend to have headspots with
    more regular outlines. The author claimed an accuracy of 90
    percent or better when considering only the headspot and 95
    percent if the color of the legs was included in the consideration.
    Sex Identification is based upon outline of head spot, color of legs and
    shade of down color.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2008
  4. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I am not expert..... I told you all I knew......goodluck
  5. lovinthechickens

    lovinthechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2008
    northern SD county, CA
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Most of the time, the headspot AND the leg color AND the down and feather color taken together will help you make a pretty good guess at the sex. Sometimes, they will have confusing traits, though. And sometimes they just like to play with your head, LOL. Lexie had a very large, splotchy headspot, plus lighter legs, plus a silvery color. Well, we all thought Lexie was a Lex for months. She even had a couple of long tailfeathers, very roo-like. So, they can fool you, but I'd say you can be about 90% sure of the sex of BR chicks.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here's a boy and the next one shows a girl:

    Here is a brother and sister, with brother on the ground:
  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Well crappity crapp crapp... I think they might be ALL roos!! I'll run upstairs and get a picture.

  9. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Sorry it took so long. But I finally got pictures... (Don't mind my gross hands. Black Walnuts and Chicken Run Painting started a few days ago LOL)

    Group Shot - I forgot about the leg coloring, so I only have this to show.

    Chick 1 -

    Chick 2 -

    Chick 3 -

    Chick 4 -
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    #1 and 3 are cockerels, IMO. Hard to say on the others, but remember, the leg color down the fronts is very dark on most hatchery BR pullets. That has to be taken together with the headspot and the overall color (really black or silvery/frosty). And even my Lexie had very male type features, so even if you think it's a boy, there may be hope.

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