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Light Sussex

This is a heavy breed of chicken, which displays no great differences in plumage between males and females. As far as I'm aware, one therefore has to rely on relative differences in size, shape of hackles and head gear to get an idea of gender. There are theories that one can get an idea about gender of heavy breeds by paying attention to how quickly birds feather up (see the main sexing page for more detail) but I haven't found this to be reliable for this breed - our pullets (Summer and Ghost, who feature heavily in the collection of photos below) both feathered up quickly on the wings, as pullets should, but very slowly on the tail, which is supposed to be indicative of roosters.

22 days

27 days

32 days

34 days

5 weeks

41 days

46 days

50 days

 

22 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Summer on left, Ghost on right

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_ghost_22_days.jpg

 

27 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Ghost

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_27_days.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_27_days_2.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_head_27_days.jpg

 

Summer

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_27_days.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_head_27_days.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_27_days2.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_27_days1.jpg

 

32 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Ghost(back) Summer(front)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghostsummer_32_days.jpg

 

 

 

34 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Summer(left) Ghost(right)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summerghost_34_days.jpg

 

5 weeks

member:  swift081702

Parker, Colorado, USA

posted 7/5/2009

We are new to chickens and these are our first Light Sussex chicks.  They are 4-6 weeks now.  I think I can tell the sex of all of them, but there is one I am not sure of.  The comb is close to the head, but the bird is large like the others.  Do I have two females here or just one?  The last one I am thinking is a male?

Pic. 1 [http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29748_4916.jpg

Pic. 2 http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29748_4909.jpg

Pic 3 http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29748_4899.jpg

 

41 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Summer

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_head_41_days.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_face_41_days.jpg

 

Ghost

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_face_41_days.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_41_days.jpg

 

46 days

females

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Summer

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_46days.jpg

Ghost

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_46days_2.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_ghost_46days_3.jpg

 

50 days

female

posted by  Direchicken Cork, Ireland

Summer

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/102688_summer_50days.jpg

Comments (1)

I have two light sussexes who have looked completely different since they were a few days old. One looks just like the pullets above and was fully feathered at about 4 weeks The other I am sure is a little roo and is six weeks old today and is still not full feathered. As they are still young, I will wait til they are fully grown and crowing/laying eggs and then I will be sure to add my photos to this thread! I also actually remember the suspected roo startign as more of a yellow chick and the suspected pullet a more white yellow, though I doubt this plays any part!
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