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RIR Cockerel and Pullet - see the differerence at 5 wks old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hrhta812, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. hrhta812

    hrhta812 Songster

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    This is just for fun, for anybody who would be excited by being able to see the difference in sex between younger chicks. :) This is my first time ordering chicks, and I specifically ordered two male RIR and some female RIR, in my batch of 15, from McMurray.

    Even at about 3 weeks, I was starting to see a difference is the prominence of the comb. Now at 5 weeks, I can even see the start of the wattles on the cockerel. It's silly, but I am really thrilled to be able to tell the difference myself - it's kind of a milestone for me, being pretty inexperienced with raising little ones. This is the first time I've had a known mix of male and female of the same breed, so it's been really educational. [​IMG]

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    That's a really nice picture showing the difference, the boy sure looks like a boy. It is amazing how early you can tell the difference sometimes when you have them there and interact with them every day.
     
  3. New Flockman

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    Yeah, very nice comparison, thanks. I'm gonna need all the help I can get!
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

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    Good looking birds!
     
  5. hrhta812

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    It's great to be able to see the differences, but if I didn't know I had some of each sex, I don't know if I'd be able to guess what they were. They seem to be coming along nicely; I've been very happy with the whole experience of ordering from McMurray and I would definitely order from there again! I ordered on a Friday and they were here on the following Monday, firs thing in the a.m., all healthy and peeping away.

    Now, if I could only tell whether the mystery chick is a boy or a girl... :)

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