Possible Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by roxsam, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. roxsam

    roxsam Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seven 2 week old chicks that I don't know the sex of. I know it's still way early to tell if (or more Like how many) I haves any roos. But the one pictured below already has a comb way bigger and redder than the rest. What is your opinion? It's supposed to be a sex link chick, which I was told was guaranteed female. (Can someone explain to me what exactly a sex link chick is?)


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  2. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a black sex link, (on my BYC page) and they're a cross breed. Usually you can tell by color/markings which is male/female. That's one of the good things about them. Here's a picture of Pru, about 3 weeks, I think

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  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    That's an awfully big reddened comb at two weeks. I bet it is a roo.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:I'd have to agree. Sex linked means you can tell at hatch which is male, which is female, just by coloring...
     
  5. Kitt

    Kitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a roo to me.
     
  6. Dlynch

    Dlynch New Egg

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    We purchased 25 pullets in March and had one "pullet" which I had doubts about around week 3. Sure enough, bigger redder comb and grew faster. I heard the first cockadodle in early May.

    Old Mexican Wives Tail from Texas: An old friend told me if you gently hold a week old chick by the head between two fingers, allowing the legs to dangle, a pullet will go limp and a roo will kick its legs. It proved correct in this case. I was worried this would hurt my chicks because I am a first time chick-mom but they were no worse for the wear.
     
  7. teeville5

    teeville5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Based on the comb size, I would say roo. I spotted all my potential roos by their comb size between 2-3 weeks old.
     
  8. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not good at telling sex yet, so I wont give my 2 cents on that one but I can help with the sex link chick thing. See I bought 3 chicks and was told I had 1 white/buff Plymouth rock hen, and 2 RIR hens, I proudly posted their pics on here and found out they were all sex links. The white/buff Plymouth rock was called a red sex link roo and the 2 RIR's turned out to be red sex link chicks as well. The white/buff one is still up for debate, as it has become more buff and now & thought to be an amberlink hen, still a sex link just of a different color.
    With sex links they breed a roo of one breed/color with a hen of a different breed/color. The male chicks hatch with coloring closer to moms (I believe) and the females hatch with coloring similar to dads, again Im not 100% sure about this but I thought that is what I had read. They are supposed to hatch so that you could tell their sex by their coloring/markings I think. There was a great thread about this on here, I will look for it and post it for you. They are supposed to be awesome egg layers, mine are still too young though.
    Here is a website I found helpful:
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sex-links/BRKSexLink.html
    Oh and I found the thread! There is alot of info in this post but hopefully it will be helpfuol to you [​IMG]
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261208
     
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  9. roxsam

    roxsam Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info! It's definitely a blacK Sex linked chick as its parents are RIR and BR ans the chick is all black with no spot on head. Since everyone thinks it's a roo...is it possible to be a sex link that turns out wrong? I now have two others(as of this afternoon!) That have combs that big! Ah I sure hope I don't end up with three roos.

    Do pullets ever have combs that big at two weeks?

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