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Did i get this right? Sexing RIR chicks at 2 weeks.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PunkinPeep, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2009
  2. ella

    ella Songster

    Slow or fast feathering can be bred into certains strains of certain breeds but it is NOT a foolproof way to sex all chicks.

    You have to know where they came from or it's a guessing game.
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:It's a fun game though [​IMG]
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

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    I agree that you can't sex different breeds the same way. And i agree that there's probably never a method that's 100% accurate all the time.

    I do NOT believe that there's "just no way to tell." If we study and learn about a breed and observe it, we can learn the patterns. And that's what i'm trying to do.

    I really appreciate the input.

    I am going to use this bunch that i tried to sex at 2 weeks (there are actually 7 of them) and i will see what my accuracy is with this bunch.

    I will try to remember to update in about a month when the roos should be having some noticeable developments, whether my initial suspicions are holding.

    Haha! It is a fun game!
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

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    Tala, those are GORGEOUS birds!
     
  6. ella

    ella Songster

  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:HEHEHEHE Thanks!
    I do agree those roosters turned out pretty striking, and Queenie is SO soft!!

    However, those poor white Leghorns don't look so great when they get muddy rooster feet on their backs [​IMG]
     
  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

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    You're so right, Ella. If they're the breeds that can be sexed by color, what a BREEZE! [​IMG] Must be nice to be so sure so easily! I'm afraid i don't have that luxury. [​IMG] Oh well. I love my heavy pure breds (so to speak).

    Great link! Thanks!
     
  9. PunkinPeep

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    I'm going to have to try that hat trick thing! That sounds like fun, if nothing else! [​IMG]
     
  10. irenew

    irenew In the Brooder

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    Hi
    I had 6 RIR chicks earlier this year . I read everything on sexing them. Some sites mentioned the darker chicks were the girls(that sort of stripe) 3 of mines had a strip. Others mentioned wings two had fast developing feathers that were uneven. Some mentioned tails another two didn't develop tails till 4 to 5 months

    Ok to cut a long story short there was only one rooster in the group. This one grew a comb and wattles I think at 6 weeks. He had a redder tinge to the eye too and red skin round it.


    He then rapidly grew a third bigger than the girls.

    All the others(lucky for me) were girls.

    The one that had the biggest greenest tail(not curved and sicle shaped) was a girl.
    I sent my one roo to a friend at 4-5 mths (he wasn't crowing yet didn't have saddle feathers yet or a rooster tail yet.

    So yeah I would go with the head gear for RIR.
     

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