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Neck feathers in Rhode Island Reds

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ladyfry, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Ladyfry

    Ladyfry Out Of The Brooder

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    Just a quick question. I just started out with chicks this year. As a matter of fact, I got my first hens in the fall last year.
    My question is this.......can you sex a RIR by looking at the neck feathers? I ordered 25, and 18 survived, so I don't know how feasable picures are,[​IMG], but when I look at the chicks I notice that some of them have very pointy neck feathers that kind of curl up.
    They are very pretty, BTW. Shiny. I am pretty sure that I have all pullets, because that is what I ordered, and no bright red combs.
    Thank you!
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Very pointy neck feathers, in a RI Red or any other breed, would indicate that the birds were cockerels. You say some of the birds show this trait so I assume others do not. Sounds like you have some cockerels & some pullets.
     
  3. Ladyfry

    Ladyfry Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I sure hope you are right. I look at them and do not see them developing like some pictures of cockerels I have seen at this age. They will be nine weeks old tomorrow. What about the curly part? That is the thing that seemed neat to me. Is that just maybe a trait of the bird? Kind of like some people have curly hair and some have straight. So glad to hear from you by the way, I was afraid my question would get lost in the stack! Thanks.[​IMG]
     

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