EE chick question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kristip, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    I know it is hard to tell when they are a few days old, but will be going to pick out my EE tomorrow from a batch of them. Is it true that the lighter ones are usually more boys than the darker chipmunk ones?

    What else would you look for to distinguish the pullets?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My one light EE chick, which the hatchery had sexed as female, was a mostly white roo, and all 5 of the EE chipmunk ones were hens. I have NO idea whether that is usually true, though. Good luck!
  3. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    There really is no "usual" for EEs. They are all different. And the light for males / dark for females thing doesn't work with EEs, it works with Welsummer chicks, and I'm not sure about other "partridge" patterned birds like partridge cochins / rocks, etc. [​IMG]
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yes, lighter chipmunks are often males - In most cases, they're golden duckwing in color. However, sorting out and choosing EE's by color of the chick's down isn't a good way in trying to find male vs female, I say just go with a good assortment.
  5. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    Yeah, when I got my EE chick, she was dark brown, with light around feet and breast, and she had little freckles ^^ But yeah, it's not a very good way to tell.
  6. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    The EE chick in my avatar was purchased as a sexed pullet and she is a hen (that unfortunately lays brown/pink eggs) but she totally reversed her color pattern. She has a white body with black here and there and a gray beard. I think EE's are very hard to sex based on their color and it is in the end just a tossup. Just get several that way when it becomes obvious you can get rid of the roos.
  7. foxinachickenhouse

    foxinachickenhouse Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    I picked the darkest one in the box and ended up with a roo.
  8. lauriruth

    lauriruth Songster

    my 3 EE "pullets" from MPC turned out 2/1. check my website for pics of babies. the darkest one turned white with a black collar roo! he had to be rehomed with much drama.

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