Gender question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by UrbanFarming, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been reading a lot of old threads and I'm starting to drive myself crazy. I bought "sexed" day old female chicks (you wouldn't call them hens yet right?) at my local feed store. My 2 Barred Rocks are now 2 weeks old. I was reading old posts that said if the white spot on the top of their head is smudgy then they are males. I also read that males are lighter and their wing feathers grow in white with black bars as opposed to black with white bars. Both mine have smudgy white spots but the wing feathers came in black and are just starting to get white bars. Could these possibly be males? Can't have any roos in city limits!

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  2. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    Whoops.. I see there is a forum for "what breed or gender is this?" I should have posted there. My bad!
     
  3. LPeaslee

    LPeaslee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That BR looks just like my males except for the tail feathers, yours is quite a bit longer.

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  4. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no! Out of a brooder full of "sexed females" I may have brought home 2 out of 2 males?!?! Only I would do something like that.
     
  5. LPeaslee

    LPeaslee Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Your chick is feathering in very dark, which is a female trait. Notice in the previous posters pic, the white bars are much wider, when older the males have much lighter plumage. Females also usually have a dark wash down the front of their legs, like your chick. The girls are supposed to have a sharp white spot, but I've noticed that sometimes (especially with hatchery chicks) they're smudged like the boys.

    Anyway, I think you have a pullet as well :)
     
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  7. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both! I feel relieved. So @howfunkyisurchicken , are female chicks pullets? I thought pullets were older chicks before they started laying. I'm new to the chicken lingo. Would they become hens once they lay an egg?
     
  8. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A pullet is a female chicken under one year old. Whether a newborn chick or a 9 month old layer, technically they are pullets.[​IMG]

    ps I think it looks like a female.
     
  9. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for filling me in on the correct terms! And I'll keep my fingers crossed that they're females. At least now I can relax a little. [​IMG]
     

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