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Sexing RIR

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SowdersHomestead, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got 25 free RIR chicks that were all supposed to be males. My wife of course is hoping that there may be a couple females thrown in accidentally. Upon doing some research my wife came across info stating that if there is a black line running down the back of the head then its a male. She also found out that if feathers appear with in the first couple of days they are females.

    Any validity to this?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote: And if you read some more, you'll find folks saying just the opposite. No, you can't sex them by a black line on the head, sorry. My female RIRs had the lines in the last batch I hatched here, but not all of them, though mine were not hatchery RIRs. What you might just do is wait about three or four weeks and the males will become obvious to you by their comb size and color on the RIRs.

    It's possible they made a sexing mistake and sent a pullet in there. Sure hope so!
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  3. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So these things are now 7 weeks old. What should I be looking for to see if I got a pullet or 2 in this batch of free roosters?

    Thanks
     

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