RIR how do I sex them

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pax12, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    RIR how do I sex them
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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'.
     
  3. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    At about 6 months the female lay eggs.[​IMG]
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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.
     
  6. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that in RIR's the pullets will feather out much more quickly than the cockerals.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Actually, that's in most breeds, sc. In fact, Orps are almost bald in the cockerels for about three weeks, LOL.
     
  8. gardener

    gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!!!!
     
  9. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah that's usually a pretty good sign.You got me any Blue Orpington eggs yet girl?[​IMG] I have a new broody PR that started today,you know she really wants Blue eggs to sit on.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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!
     

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