RSL down colour question. Did I get a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BantyChooks, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hello all,

    I recently picked up 5 RSL pullets from TSC. The only problem is, I am noticing one has much lighter coloring than the rest, and "her" wing feathers are coming in white. She also acts a little different---when something goes overhead, "she" stands up and investigates. This chick was the lightest colored of the whole bin.
    So... are RSL males white as chicks?

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    On the left here.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Ur-ur-ur-urrr

    Ur-ur-ur-urrr Overrun With Chickens

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    You are correct, males are white and females are reddish colored. [​IMG]
     
  3. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Father Time Premium Member

    even as chicks?
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    So 'she' probably is a boy? Thanks.
     
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  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes. They are sex-links, so you can tell them apart by down colour.....
     
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  6. Ur-ur-ur-urrr

    Ur-ur-ur-urrr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep.

    The are three ways to sex day-old sex-links... color sexing, feather sexing and vent sexing. Down color is the most obvious, and the easiest way to tell.

    Now you know you've got a roo, what do you plan to do with it???
     
  7. BantyChooks

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    Keep him, and see if he stays respectful/gets along with the flock/provides fertile eggs. If so, he will replace my current roosters. If not, he tastes like chicken, so...
     
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  8. Ur-ur-ur-urrr

    Ur-ur-ur-urrr Overrun With Chickens

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    You know that sex-links don't breed true, right?
     
  9. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes. I only have chickens for pets/eggs, so I don't need purebreds.
     
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