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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sasquatch, Feb 22, 2009.
I have 2 that are now a week old. Any tips? or do I wait for comb development?
Not yet, they are to young to sex
Between 6 and 8 weeks the males will have some color(pink) in their faces. Pullets will not show any color until just before they are laying age.
Females are most likely (not for sure, but most of the time) to have a darker wash down the front of their legs. I've been told.
I can sex all BR chicks at hatch with relative certainty. I've written this list so many times, but here goes:
Males: larger, splotchy headspot, lighter silvery/grayish color rather than black, no or little black down leg fronts
Females: headspot is more defined and smaller, down is very black, legs usually have dark wash down the front.
These, taken together, will give you the sex about 90% of the time. The other 10% aren't as clear and can fool you.
EDITED TO ADD: this is a BR cockerel, obvious from hatch.
Quote:I had heard that too. I thought it was true until we found out we had two roos. I asked the people at the hatchery and they just laughed and said that they can't be sexed that way.
Not by leg color alone, no. I never say that. Always take the three traits together. The cockerel in the pic above has very little black. Some have none. I've never seen a cockerel start out with very black leg fronts.
If you follow speckledhen's advice you can sex pretty acurately. Mine are 3 weeks old and for sure 4 roos and 2 hens. Watch the development. The roos will lighten up almost to a silvery color before barring and the hens will stay dark.
Quote:That is awesome info to have. I am crossing my BR with a dominique, do you think I can use the same rules?
Yes, it should apply to that cross.