How can I pick out the roo's in my RIR's?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LSU2001, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. LSU2001

    LSU2001 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2008
    Cut Off Louisiana
    I have 26 RIR chicks that are about 5 weeks old. How can I pick out the roos?
    I have been reading that I need to separate the roos at about 6-8 weeks old but I can't tell which are which. Some of the chicks are growing red/pink combs but it seems that all of them have at least some comb. Any help or pics would be appreciated.
  2. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    Why do you need to seperate?

    Post some pictures of your youngsters and I am sure there will be some guessing going on. LOL.
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2009
    The ones with larger more red combs are males. Female combs at that age are smaller and light pink.
  4. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I'm not sure why you would have to separate the roosters at this age. I have 7 RIR and 12 BR that are about 12 weeks old now. 2 of the RIR are roosters. They are all doing fine together. One of the roosters has established his dominance but there isn't any problem in the coop. They were about 8-10 weeks before I could tell, for sure, which ones were the roosters. I am going to cull the roosters at 15 or 16 weeks. They are going to end up in the freezer for a future Sunday dinner.
  5. Okla-doodle-doo

    Okla-doodle-doo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Usually the roos will have round fuzzy butts and real short wing feathers at an early age while the pullets will develope tails and grow long wing feathers quickly. Works on most heavy breeds.
  6. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2008
    You can tell by the feathering. The boys will look a little ragged on their backs while the hens will look smooth. Thats in addition to their larger physical size, and larger redder combs. I agree with others though, there is no need to separate at such a young age. They will do just fine.
    When you read about separating, the author is usually talking about putting them on a special diet to finish them off for the frying pan.

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