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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KBHatchery, Mar 25, 2013.
Here is an updated pic. Any thoughts?
That looks like a female leghorn. A pretty one too.
Was that your question?
Thanks, yes, that was my question. I have two identical ones and being new to the chicken world we were unsure what they may have been. Doesn't really matter to me as I think whatever they are is fabulous but, we are curious. Thanks for looking and your input. These girls are so silly! Pretty song like talking they do too.
I think they are too blocky to be leghorns. I'm guessing white rock. where did you get them? How old in the update pic?
Got them from Tractor Supply and they are 8 weeks I think in that picture.
My two daughters are in 4H and we about to get light brown leghorns early next week for the fall fair layer project. We get to pick out 8 chicks for each of them. One year many children were stuck with a lot of roosters. Which made it very hard to bring three hens to the fair.
Any advice how to tell the difference (if possible) of male/female in day old light brown leghorns?
Hummm.... I don't think that you can tell with the day old chicks....... But I haven't ever had that color.
@4HgirlOh! i was wrong! Look what came up when I googled!
All of the below from http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/6-3/determining_sex_in_chicks/
In breeds with the wild-type color pattern, such as these Light Brown Leghorn chicks, the females have darker dorsal stripes on their backs and up onto their heads while the males have lighter stripes that do not reach their heads. Photos courtesy of Don Schrider.
There are many instances when a chick’s down color can reveal its sex. For more than 100 years, possibly more like a thousand years, poultrymen raising chickens with the wild-type color pattern (Black-Breasted Red, Light Brown, Silver Duckwing, etc.) have been able to tell the male chicks from the female chicks at hatch by down color. The males have clean heads with only two colors of dorsal stripes, which often end in a dot at the crown; females have three colors of dorsal stripes, a black or dark brown added outside the other two, and the strips typically run to and through the crown.
Thank you! I didn't think of googleing it. I'm so excited to not get stuck with a bunch with roo's. I will post pics asap next week.
Got our first 3 hatchlings from our bantam leghorns.