Need help sexing my RIRs (lots of pics)

LaurasLorps

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 19, 2011
59
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Arkansas
Hello, I have two, 2 month old RIRs (or something similar...they are feed store chicks so you never know). Anyhow, they both have small combs and wattles which would suggest pullets, but I have noticed they are starting to get in some feathering that looks awfully rooster-like. I'm still a chicken newbie, so I need your opinions!


RIR chick #1: For 2 months, the comb/wattles look pretty small.



RIR chick #1: But the neck feathers are starting too look kind of pointy, especially compared to some of the other pullet breeds.



RIR Chick #1: and here are some tail feathers. With the way the are starting to curl downwards, they look a bit like saddle feathers to me.



RIR chick #1: Full body shot



Now on to the next suspect.

RIR chick #2: Again small comb, but the neck feathers are looking a little weird.



RIR Chick #2 the tail feathers curling




RIR Chick 2: full body shot. This chick has kind of a weird scraggly thing going on all over.

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RIR chick #2: another full body shot




And just for fun, here are my buff orpingtons. They are 2.5 months old and I am quite sure there are pullets.


Buff #1



Buff #2



So what do you think? are my RIRs boys or girls.
 

philbfarm

Songster
7 Years
Apr 18, 2012
172
19
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W. Sayville, New York
Pullets...I just gave up for adoption, two eight week roosters, a Buff and a RIR. They both had much bigger and redder combs and waddles. The remainder of my pullets of the same age look just like yours.
 

warmwater

Songster
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
166
1
109
Hello, not an expert, but I think both your RIRs are pullets. Two years ago i purchased 2 RIRs from our feed store.....they feathered in funny also.
 

LaurasLorps

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 19, 2011
59
1
39
Arkansas
Thanks everyone! I'm glad the consensus is pullet. I've never had RIRs before, so their feathering really threw me off.
 
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HillGreen

Hatching
6 Years
May 8, 2013
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0
7
Just got my first RIRs and was told they were pullets. They are about 6 weeks old (said the man whom sold them to me). They look very similar to yours. the RIR is in background on one of the Araucanas is in the foreground. What do you think about the sex of mine?
 

jamie7100

Chirping
6 Years
Mar 16, 2013
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Just got my first RIRs and was told they were pullets. They are about 6 weeks old (said the man whom sold them to me). They look very similar to yours. the RIR is in background on one of the Araucanas is in the foreground. What do you think about the sex of mine?
You should start your own thread with pictures of these guys from the side, but my guess is RIR pullet. Easter Egger cockerel (just based on the coloring in that picture)
 

Accidental Farm

In the Brooder
6 Years
Feb 25, 2013
38
1
22
So glad to hear about the pullets!! They are lovely birds! I was watching this post because mine look JUST like these and I was worried they were roos.
 

HillGreen

Hatching
6 Years
May 8, 2013
8
0
7
Thank you. I have been worried about the Aracuana being a rooster as well. I bought them as pullets, but you never know.
 

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