Isa Brown chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bmmjz Chicks, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Bmmjz Chicks

    Bmmjz Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    A school has 12 Isa Brown chicks that they hatched and are trying to get rid of. Is there a way to tell their sex when they are a week or two old? Now is not a good time of the year to get chicks but they're free and if I knew they were hens I think it would be worth the effort. I'd rather not have chickens taking up space all winter in my heated garage to find out that they are roosters.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    If they hatched them, they probably arent true ISA brown chicks. Probably can't sex them until they are big enough to exhibit male or female feathering, or combs getting big.
     
  4. Bmmjz Chicks

    Bmmjz Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Why can't they be true Isa Browns if they hatched them?
     
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Because only a very few hatcheries have ISA browns. They are a hybrid. If someone bought ISA brown chicks, grew them up, and hatched their eggs, they won't be ISA browns. They will just be a mix. True ISA browns from a hatchery are sex linked, and can be sexed at hatch.

    Edited to say that only Townline Hatchery has ISA brown chicks available for sale.
     
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  6. Bmmjz Chicks

    Bmmjz Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    I'll try to find out where they purchased the eggs from.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Townline Hatchery in Zeeland, Michigan is the only licensed hatchery in the U.S. that sells the real ISA Brown. If you find ISA Brown chicks at other hatcheries they still come from Townline Hatchery which sells to so called Hatcheries that sell chicks but don't actually hatch them.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The female chicks both ISA Browns and Red Sex Links will be a buff color and the male chicks will be more of a white color. If the school hatched them, they are not ISA Browns but rather Red Sex Links.
     
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  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Where did you get the eggs?
    If the eggs came from http://www.townlinehatchery.com/ then they are true Sex-links and are White Males and Red Females.

    Now if you got the eggs from a "backyard breeder" then they are not Sex-links (or ISA Browns) so they will be harder to tell sex at birth. (A Red Sex-link bred to a Red Sex-link doesn't produce Red Sex-link offspring)


    Chris
     
  10. cmom

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