Quick! How do I sex 6 week old RIR's?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HobokenChickenEmergency, May 3, 2009.

  1. HobokenChickenEmergency

    HobokenChickenEmergency Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since my hatches were such flops (thanks, lg), we're going to pick up some Rhode Island Reds when dh is done mowing. They have 1 week and 6 week olds. Is there any way to sex them that young?
     
  2. love4mychick

    love4mychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i heard that if you turn it on its back and it stays on its back it is a roster but if it roles over it is a hen but i do not know that to be a fact so dont hold me up to it [​IMG]
     
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  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:At 6 weeks old the cockerels will have a bigger red comb and waddles than the hens. Harder to tell on the week olds tho
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Combs: Larger and redder.

    stance: more upright, "Cocky"

    and feet; thick and large... although some Rhodie hens are that way...

    Can't tell at a week.
     
  5. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    I'm a first-time chicken owner with seven-week-old RIRs, and it was pretty obvious weeks ago who the roos are. Their combs and wattles start growing and reddening up much sooner than the pullets' do.

    That said, anyone need two RIR roos? LOL [​IMG]
     
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quick! How do I sex 6 week old RIR's?
    Wait.


    There may be some comb development or a slight difference in size at 6 weeks that the trained eye might detect. But, I've had "sure bet" females turn out to be cocks.
    The 'sure bet' is the test of time. Get 'em and you'll know soon enough.
     
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  7. HobokenChickenEmergency

    HobokenChickenEmergency Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I got 'em. The guy didn't know any more about sexing them than I did, so we'll have to wait and see.

    They looked like hens while I was picking them out, but now that they're home I'm second-guessing myself. Only 1 looks roo-ish to me, but I couldn't resist the color--it's almost a mohagany. Gorgeous!

    I'll probably post picks in the "What sex am I?" department just to be sure. [​IMG]
     
  8. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love to see pics. The Roo's are gorgeous.
     

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