New chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by utefan_42, May 18, 2009.

  1. utefan_42

    utefan_42 In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2009
    So, I went to pick up some feed, and eneded up bringing home two new chicks. They are supposed to be a barred rock and a black silkie bantam. They were sold straight run, and so after reading on here, I chose the two that had the MOST tail feathers. that was before I new about sexing by head spot on the barred rock. Is it all luck anyways, or is one way of sexing more accurate than another?

  2. TheBuff

    TheBuff In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    S.E. IOWA
    Most hatches are 50/50. Feather sexing don't work to good unless they are bred that way. Only way to tell is by popping out their sex organs in their bottoms. But there again to have to be trained what to look for. The 100% way to tell is after they are 4 weeks or older.
  3. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Bradford, VT
    I don't know about the silkie, but as far as barred rocks go:

    lighter in color, more white barring
    more irregluarly-shaped white spot on the head
    not much black down the front of the legs

    darker, white barring very minimal
    dark wash down the front of the legs
    more circular-shaped head spot

    I could tell my barred rocks apart at 3 weeks this way- also the male's comb was slightly bigger too. Hope this helps- good luck! [​IMG]

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