Sex determination question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mermaidgoat, May 1, 2009.

  1. mermaidgoat

    mermaidgoat Out Of The Brooder

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    Feb 22, 2009
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    I have a mix of birds -

    RIR, golden reds, buff orpington, black sexlinks?, easter eggers (1 dark, 1 light).

    When and more importantly, how, will I be able to tell which are males? Obviously, if the black sexlinks I have are truly black sexlinks, then I already know that they are gals. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Golden red what? Sounds like another sexlink. Is it? RIRs can be sexed about four weeks when the males get the red combs and their legs are like tree trunks, usually. Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas with pea combs can be sexed by the males having all three rows of "peas" visible and the comb being very wide. Females' combs usually only show the center ridge and stay yellow much longer. That varies, some are obvious at three or four weeks, some take longer. Best method is the "wait and see" method.
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    what she said ^
     
  4. mermaidgoat

    mermaidgoat Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'm really not sure what the golden reds are - the black ones and the "Golden Reds" I got from a feed store. The black ones were tagged as Barred Rocks, which they aren't, and the others were tagged simply "Golden Reds".

    So no clue there!! They look exactly like my RIR right now (and are the same age), except their heads have the slightest yellow tinge to them and the RIR's heads don't.
     
  5. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I have had this same question. My BR look like all puttets as do most of my Buff Orps. I do have 1 BO that has the slightest touch of pink starting in it's comb and itty bitty wattles starting. Going on 5 weeks. The packing peanuts are RIR same age. Only 2 or 3 have legs like tree truck and the start of wattles. They were males included for warmth it says on packing slip. Some are smallish no comb growth or wattles yet? Just late bloomers? What do you guys think. By the way sorry about the hijack.
     

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