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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:53 am 
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Hello, just joined and my first post so ill try and get it right, I am venturing into DB Plymouth rocks moving away from ISA Browns (which have always served us well) mainly because the breed ticks all the boxes and we find them attractive, we hatched 5 from our Janoel 24 incubator at first attempt and I would like some help sexing them if anyone could please, ill post my best photo and if you let me know I can go and take a close pic of each one individually if needed.
I have read just about everything I can on the sexing topic and still find it a challenge, I am taking a punt that these are all females for the following reasons - Headspots are mostly defined not splashed, foreheads and all jet black, legs are all the same colour, but that's the best I can do - you might notice the chick on the right, this one appears different to the other as the barred feathers are clearly higher up on the back compared to the other 4, not sure if that is significant, managed a single photo of that one to help see it clearer.
Oh I should add they are 16 days old now.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:09 am 
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Welcome to the BYP Forum Taswegian :hiya:

I don't have plymouth rock so I can't help you there with the sex. It has to do with the dots on the head and the barring gene. Males have 2 doses of barring and females one dose.
That is my understanding anyway.
Someone more experienced with the breed will be able to help.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:52 pm 
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Anyone know plymouth rock and can help?

Otherwise wait a few weeks and it will become obvious who is who. Cute chicks!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:15 pm 
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Need better photos to see them properly.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:13 pm 
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thanks for the reply, some guidance on what you actually want to see in a photo would be appreciated, being a first timer on here i am not sure what you want to see - ill post my second effort here now ill post the rest later

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:26 pm 
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Sorry Taswegian I should have explained. I am looking at the wings mainly. The 1st one seems to be much bigger than the others, maybe just the photos.

They are still a bit young to be sure, rough guess: 1st one is Female all the rest are Male.

Post some more photos in a few weeks time should be able to tell for sure then.

Females feather up quicker than males and the males will have a bald spot on the top of their wings.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:35 pm 
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The males will look lighter than the females, their barring will be more equal width.
The females dark bars will be wider than the light bars.

Chick 1 - Female
Chick 2 - Male
Chick 3 - Male

You will get the odd chick that sits in the middle and could go either way for a while, leg colour comb size & feathering rate will also help.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:29 pm 
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hi taswegian,
how are your plymouth chicks now? maybe post some current pics and we may be able to get a better idea of theyre sex now theyre a bit older.i love this breed too they are gorgeous.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:48 pm 
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Sure no worries, yes they are much bigger now and faster, ill catch them soon and get some new pics up --thanks

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:55 pm 
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ok sorry took so long but new pictures are ready, best we could do today so hopefully they can show what is needed.
Chicks nearly 10 weeks old now, ill throw 2 of each up in order


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:56 pm 
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here are the first few


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:43 pm 
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So there are two things that should differentiate males from female PR chicks - males should have a larger white spot on the head and they should be slower feathering. That works on most but not all strains apparently!


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and the others


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they all look the same to me i cant see any visible difference so maybe they are all girls - or boys i wouldnt have a clue really so hoping someone here does


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:54 pm 
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They are obviously very happy having their own slab of Boag's to tap into. :laughing They look the same, but I cannot pick them, but I know very little, but learning lots. :read


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