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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pax12, Feb 23, 2008.
RIR how do I sex them
At about 4 weeks, the cockerels have combs that start to become larger and pinky, usually, but I always look at the legs. The boys' legs seem much thicker than the girls'.
At about 6 months the female lay eggs.
Funny! I came across on old sexing doc that said that it was 82% accurate if you went by this:
pullets usually have a darker color down on the head and back with spots or a stripe down the center of the head.
I have noticed that in RIR's the pullets will feather out much more quickly than the cockerals.
Actually, that's in most breeds, sc. In fact, Orps are almost bald in the cockerels for about three weeks, LOL.
Also on mine I noticed the females tail feathers started growing out before the males.
I now have a 21 week old RIR hen that started laying this week!!!!
Quote:Yeah that's usually a pretty good sign.You got me any Blue Orpington eggs yet girl? I have a new broody PR that started today,you know she really wants Blue eggs to sit on.
Man, I really wish I did! My girls are driving me nuts, one will skip a day, then the other will skip a day. And since I only have the two girls, I'm having trouble filling an entire order each week unless people will let me fill in with cross breeds or Barred Rock eggs!