Hello all! I have been perusing this forum website for several years now. Just to educate myself and make sure I was ready to be a chicken owner! Well, we've finally taken the plunge. They are 2 days old today. We've purchased 7 chicks, though the city limits only permit 5. I wanted to make sure that I'd have females though so I bought a couple extra. No roosters allowed, obviously. So, I bought 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Sex Links, 1 Barred Rock, 1 SLW, and 1 "Americauna" aka EE (I realize they try to pass EEs off as Americauna).
I have tried my amateur eye at feather sexing them all. Tried the vent sexing but I don't know what I'm really looking at and didn't want to hurt their intestines so I stopped that quickly. The sex links are obviously females, the Buff and the Barred Rock look like females per their wing feather patterns. However, I'm having difficulty with the silver laced Wyandotte and the Easter Egger.
I think I may be deluding myself because I really want those two breeds so bad! But they seem to have the male pattern wings. All the same length. I have been ALL over the internet looking for sexing specifically for those two breeds, but there isn't much out there for them in particular. My question is, how hard is to feather sex those two breeds as opposed to other breeds? Are they as easy as an Orpington?
Silver Laced Wyandotte Chick 2 days old
Americauna or Easter Egger??
Americauna or EE Wing
Edited by DerbyGirlGoneChicken - 3/12/16 at 6:18pm