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


11 Years
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?
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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.
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I am not expert..... I told you all I knew......goodluck
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.
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 -

#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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