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what is the best way to tell age and sex of a RIR

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mycra, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. mycra

    mycra New Egg

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    I have 12 RIR that i purchased at a local farm store.
    Along with 2 Crested Ducks (actual breed ?)
    The chicks have been at my place about 5 weeks.
    wheb i got them they had just started to get feathers.

    As far as sexing them , being new to this they all look about the same to me. I had read some where that you could tell a young Roo from a pullet by
    how pointy there feathers are. And if so what feathers? (Tail, Wing etc.)

    As far as the ducks are concerned . I purchased the quackers at the request of my 5 year old daughter. Knowing even less about ducks then i know about chicks. it is a boggle.

    Duck 1
    starting to feather very well
    has a pom-pom atteched to the top of its head
    feather clor is a medium to dark brown in center
    and tan on the outer fringes of the feathers
    Duck 2 same as above only solid black in color


    Any tips tricks or ideas on how to id these chicks or ducks please let me know
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    First, post some photos.

    The hackle and saddle feathers are the ones that get pointed. Hackle feathers are the ones around the neck and saddle feathers are the ones just in front of the tail.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Female ducks quack while the males make a raspy thoaty noise. Later on the male get a drake curl feather at the base of their back where their tail is.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Except that that the curl doesn't occur in all breeds [​IMG]
     
  5. mycra

    mycra New Egg

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    Thanks all for info.
    by the way are RIRs supposed to have white or black feathers on wing or tail
     

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