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Need help with sex of chick. Updated pics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Robin'sBrood, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
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    Trying to figure who laid the brown egg the white chick hatched out of. S/he is 5 weeks old and has a rose comb, I think (?) that looks grayish. The daddy is a SLW but the mama could be a...

    Red Sex Link
    New Hampshire Red
    Black Australorp

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    It was hard to get pics of it. Every time I pointed my camera at it, Lucy would call and they'd run away... chicken chickens! Anyone want to guess as to if it is a pullet or a roo? Based on the comb alone I'm leaning towards pullet. [​IMG] I'm pretty sure the other 3 are cockerels. Check out the comb on this little guy!
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  2. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Any ideas, anyone?
     
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rose combs are different sexing than regular combs. Based on the tail, I'd say it's a roo but mostly I am clueless because I am rethinking all my decisions on my own chicks this year!
    I need to research the rose comb. One sex has 3 rows and one has 1 row, but I forget which is which. Looking at my adults, the roo has 3 rows and the hens have one row, but you know the rule: don't trust it til it lays an egg or crows!
     
  4. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks almost exactly like my RSL x SLW, and that combination so far has thrown two white males, so I am guessing the mother was a RSL.
     
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    That's what I'm thinking too, InsaneBreeder. I have already gotten 3 SLW x RSL cockerels from her this year, but they have single combs. That dark rose comb is throwing me, plus it's wattles are still tiny compared to the other ones at this age. That's why I'm hoping [​IMG] that this little one is a pullet, from another mother. Doesn't hurt to be in denial for a little while anyway. [​IMG]


    ETA... here is one of my RSL's boys that hatched in April (he's already been re-homed.)

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    The bodies look identical but the combs are so very different. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I still can't figure this one out. 12 weeks old today... pullet or cockerel?

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    One of the little boy nestmates for size/development comparison...
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  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    It is a pullet, and the parent is the Sex-Link. The white you're seeing is the dominant white from the Sex Link hen.
     
  8. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Pullet
     
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] You all have made my day!
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Just as a little note, when crossing a parent with one dominant white allele (usually showing a pie-bald sort of appearance, such as EE cockerels and Sex-Link hens) and a parent without the white, you're going to get a 50/50 chance of solid white chicks or chicks without any (dominant) white at all. [​IMG]
     

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