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Sight Sexing Barred Plymouth Rock Chicks at Hatch

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by aoxa, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. 5moore

    5moore Out Of The Brooder

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    aoxa you cant sex black sex link at hatch? I have a Black pure Ameraucana rooster over BR hens. I was told I would be able to sex them at hatch. The males would have spot on their head and lighter legs, the females would be solid black with very dark legs. Do you find this not true?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It is true yes.

    Very, very easy to sex black sex links.

    The boys look just like a barred rock girl, and the girls are solid black.
     
  3. 5moore

    5moore Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome! THanks aoxa!
     
  4. hmalix75

    hmalix75 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here they are now.. are we still certain girls?
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Oh yeah, those are girls :)
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    IF they are straight BR, they are pullets. Of course, aoxa knows that, just adding that little tidbit for folks who are not sure what they have. I had several Silver Phoenix x BR cockerels that looked just like that, with barring almost identical. Thought they were BR pullets, until they hit 3-4 weeks old and the combs started reddening up. Didn't know the Phoenix had bred the BR hens. As with all sex links of that type, had 3 cockerels and one solid black pullet from the same parentage.

    The rub is that often a barred cockerel with only one barring gene will appear to be a pullet for a while so they must be straight BR to be completely sure on the sexing, until they are several weeks old. Been there more than a few times with some "unauthorized" breedings, LOL.
     
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  7. sarahandbray

    sarahandbray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is these Barred Plymouth Rocks? (Don't know b/c they're from MMM's special assorted bargain lot!)
    I know I got straight run...but I'm thinking I only see two hens out of this bunch :
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  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Exactly. Cross breeds trick you, as do black sex link boys.

    I've mentioned the same thing countless times so I just assumed hmalix got them from a hatchery or feed store. Sexing them based on colour/legs works very well for hatchery strains.

    That last one is a girl, the one above her is a boy. Second picture isn't even a Barred Rock.
     
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  9. sarahandbray

    sarahandbray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I had a feeling that solid black one wasn't a Barred Rock (brand new to chickens and stumped myself by getting the mixed bag from McMurray! Kind of having fun guessing!)
    Back to the catalog I go to figure this guy out ($10 says it's a boy...)
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, it sure does, but as you and I know, Justine, our BR lines just aren't so easy. I have a three day old BR chick that I'd post a photo of if I could, but I don't have that capability for some reason right now, not sure if it's BYC or my DH's computer (mine is in the shop). I'm positive it's a cockerel, was the moment he fell out of the egg-huge looking comb, visible wattles and Godzilla legs. Now, the head spot says "boy" as well to me, but he has some leg wash that most folks would normally associate with a pullet. Would love to get your opinion to back mine up (or contradict, whichever!). :)
     

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