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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rufflemyfeathers, Jan 17, 2009.
This isn't 100%. I had quite a few females last March that didn't have the stripe.
the ones that i ever had have had a black line or some black on there heads. but after 2 months the males are a darker color
Does the black stripe fade quickly, or should I still be able to see it at 2 weeks of age?
I don't think the black strip means anything. Some have it some don't. Doesn't constitute a female or male. I have had many pullets without the strip on the head. In fact more without the strip than with. I can tell by the wings and the tail. Good luck.
How can you tell with wings and tail?
I mean what's different between them?
Just for fun, here's my guys from yesterday.
In my short experience with rir chicks the longer tail and wing feathers are cockerels. They seem to grow faster than the pullets. The tails of the cockerels are pointier. After a few weeks you can see a differance in the size of the legs. I will know for sure in about a month when my test babies are grown up more. This is by no means 100% for me yet, but if they are what I think they are then it will be easy to sex. You can totally see a differance in tail feathers and wing feathers at an early age. Good luck.
Cant really make them out in that pic.
Just for curiosity sake, I might mark the ones with black stripes to see what they develop into.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION ABOUT SEXING RIR
CHICKENS!!!!!!!!!!! I've got 50 of the little angels that were born last Wednesday and am now going to run out to the brooder and see who's el nino and who's la nina.
Like I said it's not exact as of yet. Give me a month and I'll know for sure. Yeah I say mark them and see what happens! Let us know. Good luck.
Edit: I could be backwards too will find out soon enough.
Hope I don't end up with two roosters. That would leave me with only 1 chick.
Maybe I'll just give all 3 away and start from scratch with sex linked.