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Grey American Gamefowl chicks.

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I was given 9 Grey American Game fowl chicks and they are probably just over 2 weeks of age. I noticed that all but one has tail feathers. The one without the tail feathers is smaller than the others so I figured it just was the last to hatch out. They were all free range before we caught them but are now being raised in a large dog kennel with two older chicks. I am amazed at the personalities with these chicks. Several are eager to climb on me but others shy away. I was just wondering if there is a way to guess their sex by their feathers?

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The only method of feather sexing which is accurate is done at one day of age and can only be done on the offspring of a fast feathering male and a slow feathering female. So no, it's not an effective form of sexing. Put ten pullets of the same breed and age and they're liable to feather out ten different ways. It's also possible that one is simply being picked upon by the others.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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