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Feather sexing White Leghorn chicks

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I just received an order of Pearl White Leghorns from McMurray and find I have a problem.  There are fifty pullet chicks and five cockerel chicks, but they weren't marked so I can't tell which is which.  I want to keep the cockerels and sell about half the pullets so how do I tell them apart?  I know they can be feather sexed but I haven't done this yet so does anyone have a link or resource I can review?  And how long can this be done before they become indistinguishable?

Thanks much!

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Never mind.  Just got off the phone with McMurray and they cannot be feather sexed as I thought they could.  Grumble, grumble, grumble...

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My TJs chicks appear to be following the commonly believed (by me, too) route of pullet's growing tail feathers long before the cockerels do.  Plus, the same one taking a while to feather out (compared to the others) was the one hatching upside down and when I got it out of the shell, it had the tiniest little comb ALREADY. 

Dunno if that will help or not.  idunno

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I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

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