Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
There are several breeds that are feather sexable, many heritage breeds. Mixes however, are not unless they are specifically bred to be by crossing a fast feathering roo with a slow feathering hen to produce the opposite in the offspring.
Really? I know the gene occurs in other breeds, but it was brought to my attention that having a slow feathering gene is viewed as undesirable and was therefor neglected, so most strains of LF aren't likely to carry it anymore? As far as I know, it will only be seen in some strains of the heavy weight, slower-maturing birds like brahmas, Cochins and some orps. But I don't believe the gene is diverse enough to be frequently found. If I recall, the gene responsible for feather sexing is recessive, so both birds must be in a homogenous state for it to show up in offsrping. Considering that most people don't breed for the recessive trait, I believe considering it as a reliable and common way to sex isn't something I would openly advise my poultry friends to do. Although, I believe I might be seeing it in a couple of my buckeyes, but so far I've dismissed it as coincidence. If you know a few strains and breeds where the gene is prevalent, give me a heads up!
Easy sexing is the best! (will someone breed it into silkies? PLEASE??)