sexing RIR - feather pics needed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mpmangin, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. mpmangin

    mpmangin Hatching

    Apr 16, 2008
    Chambersburg, PA
    Hey y'all,

    I have six RIR birds all about 12 weeks of age. Two are definitely rooters since their crowing is getting prgressively better (it sounds soooo sad when they are young). One looks clearly like a hen with a low, light colored comb and small in size. The other three are a question. They all have red and green coloring similar to the two roos but in different regions and proportions. I have read several posts which seem to hint that the trick in sexing is in the shape of some key feathers. Could anyone post examples of these feathers, thier location, and the characteristics which identify a hen from a roo. Thanks for anyones help.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Don't have pics, but if they have pointy sickle (saddle area) and hackle (neck area) feathers, and a red comb at 12 weeks, they are most likely boys.

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