sexing 9 week old chicks Very concerned!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cortner1195, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. cortner1195

    cortner1195 Chirping

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    We started 2 Silver Wyandottes, 4 RIR's, and 2 Barred Rocks approximately 3/31. All of their bodies are similar in shape and size. However, one of the Barred Rocks, and 2 of the RIR's have much darker combs, and they have wattles. Everyone else has very short, pale combs and no wattles. Is this a normal variation? There is no crowing as of yet. We promised the neighbors that we wouldn't have roosters.

    This wouldn't be a big deal as we raise our own beef, and pork, but the Barred Rock in question is the most personable chicken ever. Since she/he was a day old, she has craved attention. I have grown much too attached to a bird that I had planned to have around for years.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Panth

    Panth Songster

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    we will need pictures to help identify sex, but it is usually the young cockerals that are the most outgoing and friendly [​IMG]
     
  3. Panth

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    barred rocks should be easily sexable in that the males are much much lighter than females, you should notice a significant difference
     
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    cortner1195 Chirping

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    Initially the one with the dark comb and wattle was quite a bit lighter in color. That difference seems to be closing. They are much harder to tell apart by color now.
     
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    cortner1195 Chirping

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    Carol/Carl on the left is the chicken in question. On the right are three of my RIR's. They all have different amounts of crown, wattle.
     

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