In the Brooder
- Jan 7, 2016
Okay, let me say that this quality of chick is MUCH harder to sex by normal BR rules than hatchery BRs are. They don't appear to be hatchery Rocks, right? The legs are not really yellow yet, which can happen. They should turn more their proper color as the chicks age, I've noticed with some better quality Rocks. They're at the "pinky-baby leg" stage anyway. If they don't turn yellow, well, just watch out for that if you're going to be breeding. Rocks should have yellow legs.
Since having my Stukel line BRs, I've been wrong more than once, even calling a pullet a cockerel a few times on my own chicks. The reason is that the pullets do not always have much dark wash down the legs and the cockerels sometimes do have a little. Sometimes, the head spots are not easy to ID, either, on decent quality BRs.
However, I will say that the chick on the top photo is a cockerel, IMO. The main reason is the frosting you see going around from the back of the neck to the sides. It's very faint and easy to miss, but it's there. I can't really hazard a good guess on the others from photos. These are some you almost have to see in person to make a decent guess. My own rooster,Atlas, looked like a pullet at first, with a very precise and tiny head spot. I missed the almost imperceptible frosting he had because the spot on his head was so darn defined like a pullet's usually would be. He had a little dark wash on his legs, further clouding the issue.
Hatchery BRs are super easy 99% of the time. When I had those, I had no trouble at all. I think I made a mistake on two in all the years I had those and raised chicks from them.