Orpington & barred rock --girls from boys--Please help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dilly, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    I am gong to see some chicks and hopefully pick out pullets. Can you guys help me in determining the boys from the girls? They are just fuzz as babies, so how can you know what you are getting?
     
  2. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tucker wv
    look it up on how to sex by their wing feather patern
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You cannot sex Orpingtons by the wings that I am aware of-wish it was that easy!
    If you look at the Barred Rocks, look for chicks with these three traits together, those will most likely be pullets:
    tiny, defined headspots (as opposed to big and splotchy)
    the darkest leg fronts
    darkest overall body color, not silvery-looking.
     
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  4. Dilly

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    How do you sex orpingtons then?

    There has to be a way the hatcheries send them out as either roos or pullets. [​IMG]
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They look inside the vents of newly hatched chicks before they eat anything and go to secret schools to learn to do that. Not that many know the art of vent sexing. I have to wait for the secondary sex characteristics myself.
     
  6. Dilly

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    I knew I didn't really want to know that. [​IMG]

    Guess I will have to trust the experts.
     

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