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I bought Rhode Island White ( is this the correct breed) & pullets or cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by woodland chick, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. woodland chick

    woodland chick New Egg

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    Hi I bought two Rhode Island White straight run chicks 4 weeks ago at my local Farm Store. Can you help me confirm they are Rhode Island White and tell me if their hens or roos. I honostly dont care if they are RIW aa long as they lay lots of large brown eggs. ( I wanted RIR & sexlink but they were all sold when I bought chicks) They all roost ( 2 black australorp / 1 roo 1 hen & 2 barnevelder hen chicks) My 2 whites are as big or bigger then the roo black australorp ( same age). Any good constructive advise is appreciated. I am understanding that RIW only has Rose combs but I don't know what to look for in young chicks / fledglings :) and Google is not understanding what I am looking for.
    I have a feeling they are roosters as they are big and like to fight. & yes yellow legs.
    Thank you!

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't see any clue as to sex yet, no sign of maleness, but hard to say in that light. The first one appears to have a single comb. I see single combs on at least one or two of the white chicks, so they would most likely be white Plymouth Rocks if they have yellow legs.

    A rose comb on a chick would be quite flat, not spikey.
     
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  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Rose comb on a chick (different breed, but you can see), both cockerels and pullets. These are Belgian D'Anver chicks, rose combs.


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  4. woodland chick

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    Thank you, I kinda figured they were not RIW as some other threads were adimate that RIW is a rare breed. Yes they have yellow legs I added one more picture to show them outside standing up they're a little younger and it was a week before when I took it.
     
  5. Mr Beaks

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    Sorry to horn in on OP's thread. I tried posting on gender thread to no avail. This is my white Plymouth Rock just over 4 wks old. I suspect it is not a pullet based on stance and behavior but have no experience with this breed. Is it too young to determine gender?
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  6. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no expert, but I have seen pics of Rhode Island Whites with single combs.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If that was the case, you could not tell the difference between RIW and White Plymouth Rock at this age. Both would have yellow legs. Later, the body shape should be different though.


    I see that Cackle Hatchery sells RIWs with single combs. http://www.cacklehatchery.com/rhode-island-whites.html

    Actually, they'd have to have single combs, too, not just rose, because they make sex links using them and generally, the breeds used for sex links are single combed breeds. You would not want to breed a rose comb to a single comb in creating one, I would not think. But, I'm not expert on the RIW, so someone who knows more should comment.
     
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  8. keesmom

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    True RIW, which are rose combed, are rare. Hatcheries sell single combed RIW. Those are far from rare, and far from the breed standard like any other breed they carry.
     
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  10. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the response! NOT what I wanted to hear but your input is greatly appreciated :).
     

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