What gender is my isa brown "It"?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ponygirly306, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    i got her from a market and i got her in june - july and I'm in australia so it is spring now
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    As the daylights increase, you should get some eggs. Usually when there are 11-14 hours of light, the hens start increasing their egg production.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    I'll go with the crowd and say hen, but I'm not betting my flock like silkiechicken. LOL [​IMG]

    J/K - definitely a hen!

  4. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    is there anyone that has actually had and bred isa browns, i would like to hear from them
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I've had "isa browns' which is just a brown sexlink really. Many people on this board have sexlinks because they are pretty much the only chicks you can get with a 100% accuracy that they are girls or boys at hatch by feather color, plus they are very commn. It's generally a type of bird made in industry because of the demand for only girls for production. Not many backyard types I know raise two parent flocks as breeders to produce sexlink chicks because then they would be left with tons of boys they could not sell and would probably have to destroy (like many hatcheries), or eat as adults (not economical). Might as well just raise pure breds.

    Simply, an Isa Brown is not a pure bred type of chicken. They are the product of a cross between a pure bred mom and a pure bred dad, thus boys and girls will have different feather colors. Most birds cannot be sexed by color alone, with a few exceptions like Salmon Faverolles.

    She is a girl, and if you still doubt it, you could make some nice stew or find her a new home since she appears not to be laying. I bet you won't find any male parts in her. :p Really though, what a previous poster said about sexlinks burning out is true, since in addition to being commercially bred for boy vs girl, they are also bred for fast egg production that peaks at a year old and just dwindles from there. However, the dwindling is not a rule and some do continue to produce well just like purebreds.
  6. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    I wonder, did she start to Molt when you got her? Sometimes birds will go through a stress induced molt.

    2 yrs ago I got a 1 yr old flock of 30 Isas and they all started to Molt after the move and weren't laying for like 4 months....... they were in horrid shape when I got them.
    Then after they started laying about a dozen turned out to be egg eaters. :mad:
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    You keep pushing. You asked our opinions and we have given them to you. Now if you would like help figuring out why she isn't laying then ask that question.
  8. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    i sorry, i just wanted to see who actually had them...
  9. ella

    ella Songster

    Ok here's a list of who actually has them and has answered your post [​IMG]

    Me Ella (I have had 5 female red sexlinks and 1 male and have bred 3 black sexlinks from my flock) I say HEN

    The1Much: says HEN

    Chickerdoodle13: says HEN

    SilkieChicken: says HEN

    Farmer Kitty: says HEN

    FancyFowl4Ever: says HEN

    Simba49450: Says ROO

    Hope that helps clarify. [​IMG]
  10. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    thanks, it looks like the majority is hen... ok then, cool!

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