I bought 2 sex-links (black and gold) and one is a rooster?

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  1. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 2 sex-links. When purchased as 2 day old chicks at the feed store I was told they were both hens for sure. Now they are 13 weeks and one is defiantly a rooster. I have done a little info digging on the subject and all I can find on it is that they are sexed by their colors after hatching....one color male the other female. These 2 of mine have the same color feathers. How often does that occur?

    Thanks

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  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I guess it first would be helpful to know what breed of sex-links that you bought. In a lot of the sex-link breeds, the males come out the yellow color and the females are another color. Later as adults, they will sometimes end up feathering out with the same coloring. It just depends on what breed you bought.

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  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    My black sex-links the roos had an orangish spot on their head and the pullets didn't.

    I didn't have any brown sex-link roos so I can't help you with that one.
     
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you post pictures of both of them?

    Why do you think one is a male?

    When you bought them or picked them out, why did you think they were both females?

    I think in order for us to help you out, we need a little more information. Because sexlinks are crosses bred so male and female are color sexable, they often have pretty different colorations. If both of your chickens are the same color, they will be the same sex. There are always exceptions, but they are rare. Sexlinks were designed to be able to sex visibly immediately after hatch, I just think that it would be quite rare if the system failed. Afterall, genetics, especially sex link characteristics, are usually predictable, proven and reliable.(Notice I say usually. Nature likes to pull one over on us once in a great while)

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  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, I searched some pictures for ya.

    These are Black sexlinks. The picture show the difference between male and female.

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    This is a Brown Sexlink.

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    This is a Golden Sexlink.

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    And these are Red Sexlink.

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    **The pictures are property of Ideal Poultry. And not mine.**

    Hope that helps!

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  6. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am recharging my camera battery...should be ready before dark and I will post pics.

    I know I have 4 two week old golden sex links ( I paid close attention when I bought them, they are red-ish/gold chicks), then I have a pair of 5 month old hens (black with grey or white mixed in sex links, unkown type/name), and then these black and golds with one being a rooster (I think).

    I thought I would remember the types and didn't write them down when I bought them. But I have a total of 13 different types of chickens that make up a total of 39 chickens on the farm. Plus 2 Nubian goats, 2 dogs (Pit Mix), a sulcata tortoise, a foot long oscar, and a parakeet. Oh yeah...lol...5 children! Plus they all get along dandy. [​IMG]

    And I thought I would remember. :pLOL

    Thank you guys for your info. This is only my second year with chickens. [​IMG]

    I will post pics this evening.

    Jes
     
  7. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah... I bought them a a feed store and he said they were awesome layers when mature so I bought 2. I already had 2 bigger/other sex link hens that haven't started to lay yet so I bought these also for the farm. They look like like my older hens feather patterns.....but they are gold and black unlike the olders one which are white and black (Maybe large ones had gold laced wyandottes for 1 of the parents..and the ones in question had 1 silver laced wyandottes instead? ) Any rate the feed store person said that they were all hens...that they sex them by color to tell. Which was also what I was told when I bought my first 2. I hope I said that right. lol It does get a tad confusing. [​IMG]

    Pics to come....

    Thanks again

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  8. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got the pics....it is 98 degrees today and chickens were not exactly in the mood to be photographed [​IMG]

    But hopefully the are simi ok pics [​IMG]

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  9. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That one is the other sex-link...the sister to the one in question
     
  10. Jessika

    Jessika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is the one in question....and here it is again

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    and here are the two of them

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    and her again...sorry...I am learning how to post pics here still

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