Help- are these hens or roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sunnypj, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. sunnypj

    sunnypj In the Brooder

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    Hi, I have 3 out of 8 that I am wondering the sex of. Can anyone tell me?

    These are all from the same parents, so I am told, but out of the 8 a couple look very different.
    These are from a RIR rooster and a Polish hen. (haven't developed all of the head crest feathers yet)
    almost 6 weeks old.
    [​IMG]These two look almost identical but nothing like the others.

    [​IMG]Backside pic of one on the left in previous pic[​IMG] backside of one on right

    [​IMG]This is the third one I am questioning. (front one) back I am pretty sure is a hen. 6 weeks old, RIR and Polish mix. Hen or Roo?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. popsicle

    popsicle Songster

    Look like they are black sex linked--so the black one is your pullet.
     
  3. sunnypj

    sunnypj In the Brooder

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    Hi, I am very new to this... so just to clarify.... I had 6 hatch, 3 were mostly black, one was brown / red and the other two were the striped looking ones. Is this normal for a mix of RIR and polish? So based on what you are saying 3 three black would be pullets? what about the red/ brown one? That one is in the background of the 4th pic. I was guessing that was a pullet as well.

    The two stripped would both be roos?

    I thought the black sex link would have to come from other black sex link instead of the mix these came from. As I said, this is all new and very confusing.
    thanks for the info.
     
  4. The first pictures look to be Barred Rock, Polish crossed!
    That's what I hope to raise next spring!!
    As far as sex goes?? Its a bit hard to tell!

    Cute Chickens though!!!
     
  5. Was the RIR the rooster? What color was the hen?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    The first two are barred. They had to have at least one barred parent. It's a dominant gene, that can't be easily hidden by other genes. Purebred Polish aren't barred, and neither are RIRs. Honestly, I think these chicks are likely from a gold/red Polish rooster crossed with Barred Rock hens, making them black sexlinks. The two in the first picture are males. The two in the last picture are female.
     
  7. Wow! You said exactly what I was thinking!!
    The barred ones are roos, and the blacks are hens!!
    I think I am finally getting this chicken thing!!!

    Great post!
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    The black one is your only pullet.
     
  9. sunnypj

    sunnypj In the Brooder

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    Hi, thanks for the response. I know the rooster is a RIR because that is the only rooster they have. The Polish hen is black. I have one of the chicks from the same black Polish that is about 5 months old. see pic below sorry she was hiding under the coop when I took the pic but you can tell she is black and actually has beautiful iridescent green / blue on her feathers.
    These eggs came from my son's flock and since he only has the one roo I am sure of that. He insists all of the eggs were from the Polish hen because he only gets white eggs from the polish and all the rest of his eggs are brown. He gave me 10 eggs to hatch in the bator and this is what I ended up with. 2 that are barred, 3 black and one red/brown. rest didn't hatch

    [​IMG]sorry for the bad pic, the polish is about 5 months and the other photo bombing the pic is my slacker that stopped laying eggs about 5 weeks ago. grrr
     
  10. sunnypj

    sunnypj In the Brooder

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    Hi, thanks, they are both really sweeties. One of the barred is the most friendly of the bunch and runs to the fence to be petted. the other is a bit more shy. I really don't need any more roos since I have a 5 month old Polish frizzle roo. I was really hoping these two might be pullets but figured they weren't. Now will have to try and find good homes for them.

    thanks
     

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