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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:31 am 

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Hey everyone hoping you can help us (myself and my 4yo and 2.5yo daughters) sex our chicks, these are our first batch of chicks, hatched by a broody.
We have 11 eggs, 6 SG dorkings, and 5 eggs which are plymouth rocks or mixed chicks. Hoping to add pics as they hatch and fluff up. Our first little one hatched yesterday on day 20 he/she is a plymouth rock i believe? we are fairly new to chooks ( had them for 14months). :clnava Now so far ive red that you can sex Plymouth rocks as hatchlings by leg colour and spot, well this little guy has me stumped, dark legs like a pullet but huge spot?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:45 pm 
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This looks like my Plymouth Rock when they hatched we had two hatch one with a big spot and one with a little one....we have a hen and a 8 weeks our hen looks black and white and our roo gray and white, there is a good size difference too.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:13 am 
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Hi parkerchooks and welcome to BYP.
Congratulations on your new chicks, but a word of warning - hatching chicks becomes addictive. There is fresh excitement every time. How did the rest of your hatch progress?

In most lines of Plymouth Rock, the larger head spot indicates a male. Ideally both sexes should have yellow legs although this seems to be easier to achieve in males than in females. They tend to have a dusky overlay on yellow legs which can be challenging to breed out. It really doesn't matter unless you are breeding to show.
I find my Rocks are great around the grand kids (same ages as your children). They tend to be a very docile breed if accustomed to people. I practice caution with all roosters and kids but my current Rock boy is particularly laid back with them. The previous one would only show aggression if his girls were being handled.

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