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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by allmychickens, Aug 23, 2011.
I keep hearing that EEs are color sexable but what color means what?
Quote:I've seen this posted a lot lately too, but such a vague statement is not entirely true. I think what those posters are referring to is that young EEs with red patches coming in on the wing/back/shoulder area are almost certainly cockerels. This is often seen on the black and white patterned hatchery EEs in particular. Absence of red does not guarantee pullets, however.
Yes they are to a certain extent. Keep in mind that EEs are a mixed and unregulated breed, so there's always a chance that you have such a mixed bird that it won't follow the rules.
Here's a super thread about it that you should check out:
I have a silver and red EEer and when I first asked if he could be a roo- people told me most likely no because he is silver- but if he was a roo he would be beautiful one!!!
Well here is my fella at 15 weeks!
So, as true as the theory may be, there are exceptions to all rules!
If you make your own EEs they can be color sexable. I made sex-links with a cuckoo marans hen and lavender ameraucana roo. I also use wheaten-based birds alot, which grow to be different colors. I can sex them at about 2-3 weeks.
Quote:As a general rule, the plain brownish ones are hens and the more colorful, splashier ones are roosters. Red on the wing/shoulder is a sign of a roo. A blondish/gold that gets lighter toward the tail is a hen. Check out the ee braggers thread, when you look at enough pics after a while you get an eye for it. I have to say, the black and white ones are still hard for me