Sexing ISA Browns

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chickmate, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Chickmate

    Chickmate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading about ISA Browns on the Breed page, I thought I had 5 pullets. The Breed page said ISAs were easy to sex because at birth the cockerels are white and the pullets are tan. I got week old chicks from TSC on March 14 and they were all tanish at that time. All 5 of them look the same to me, like pullets. None of them have any roo characteristics that I can see. So, when I'm reading others' posts asking for help in sexing their ISAs I don't see anyone telling them that the roos are white and the hens are tan. Have I misunderstood the Breed page? What do you think mine are then? Sorry for the bad pics. I accidentally left my good camera hanging on my passenger side mirror and drove off to church! Never knew it was there until I went looking for it 7 hours later and found it on the side of the road pretty trashed. Now have to use my cell phone. [​IMG]

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    ISA Chick 2
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    ISA Chick 3
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    ISA Chick 4 (too far away to see clearly)
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    ISA Chick 5
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    BTW, you see my Chinese Crested in the foreground of the fourth picture. He's almost exactly the same color as the chicks and I think they think he's their mom because they follow him around all the time. [​IMG] He is becoming very protective of them.
     
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pics didn't work, but if they were tan/gold at hatch, they're girls. They may feather in whitish for a while but will turn gold/yellow. The males are very silver/white at hatch, usually pretty easy to tell the difference.
     
  3. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't see the pics, but red sex-link pullets/hens can have a quite a bit of white mixed in with the buff/gold/red. Their main color will be dark, but some have quite a bit of white, some have hardly any.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    ISA's are dead on right according to sex.

    White is rooster
    Buffy/brown/red is pullet.

    However, unless you got them from Townline, you might have a home brew, in which case, all bets are off.
    In the photo, ignore the black BSL, but you can easily distinguish the white roos from the red/buff pullets.


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  5. Chickmate

    Chickmate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    ISA's are dead on right according to sex.

    White is rooster
    Buffy/brown/red is pullet.

    However, unless you got them from Townline, you might have a home brew, in which case, all bets are off.
    In the photo, ignore the black BSL, but you can easily distinguish the white roos from the red/buff pullets.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/69833_dscf1991.jpg

    So guess mine are all pullets from your description. YES!! All 5 of mine are the rust colored with some white streaking like those in your picture. I don't have any that are all white. Now to figure out why the pics didn't come thorugh. I could see them in the preview. [​IMG] Thanks for the replies!​
     
  6. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my Isa Brown chickens from townline hatchery. Are they going to be good looking birds?? plan to be putting them in the 4-h fair!! Are they pure bred. Thanks!!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The ISA Browns will probably turn into beautiful chickens. However, be careful about the class you enter them in at the fair. Since ISA Browns aren't purebreds (they're a specialized cross of breeds), they shouldn't be shown in any of the breed classes (American, Asiatic, Continental, Mediterranean, All Other Standard Breeds). They would be best entered in an egg production class, sometimes called "yearling hen," "crossbred red-earlobed pullet," "production female," or something like those.

    Good luck with your Isa Browns and showing at the fair!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    This thread is 5 years old, I wouldn't worry what class they could be entered in - if they are still living.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I was responding to BirdGirl2004, who posted the showing question just one day ago. She wasn't the original thread creator. [​IMG]
     

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