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Originally Posted by lablover View Post

Here are some better comb shots. Jade's is still redder in color than Betty's.

 

Jade

 

 

 

 

Betty

 

 

 

both look like pullets to me

post #3212 of 7589
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Originally Posted by heby View Post

I got a quick question or two. Can EE be feather-sexed? I got 7 about 2 weeks ago and they were feather sexed. Just asking cause I see that most of the ones were are sexed due to their coloring and features. Also, is it possible for full EEs to have feathers on their legs? I have 2 that have feathers down their legs. Not on the feet or toes just down the leg. Thank you for your help.

Where did you get them?

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/292218/feather-sexing-young-chicks

 

You can't feather sex EEs. 
 

Feather Sexing Chicks

Color sexing chicks can be a difficult task and is dependent upon the phenotype of the chick.  If a chick does not have the correct down color, then you can not color sex the chick.  There is a way of using another sex-linked trait to sex chicks based upon the size of the primary and secondary feathers on the wing of a newly hatched chick.

Feather sexing chicks can be accomplished by crossing males that are homozygous for rapid feather growth or carry two rapid feather growth alleles ( k+/k+) with females that are hemizygous or carry only one slow feather growth allele ( K/_W).

The female parent contributes a dominant gene for slow feather growth (K) to all the male offspring while the female offspring will inherit only one rapid feather growth allele ( k+)  from the father. This cross produces males that have slow feather growth (K/k+) and females that have rapid feather growth (k+/_W). 

  
The following site provides an excellent example of how to tell the difference between a rapid feathering female (pullet) chick and a slow feathering male (cockerel) chick. You have to examine the feathers on the wings of the newly hatched chick. Wait until the down dries and examine the wing feathers.

http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld006.htm


The table below contains some of the birds that can be crossed to produce chicks that can be feather sexed.

Any of the males in the table, can be crossed with any of the females in the table to produce offspring that can be feather sexed. If you purchased your birds from a hatchery, check with the hatchery to see if the hatchery feather sexed the birds you purchased. If your stock was feather sexed, then the chickens can not be used for feather sexing crosses. 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13371_sexfaether.jpg

Breeding: Silkies, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Ameraucanas, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, Welsummers, Marans and Mottled Houdans. 

 

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Breeding: Silkies, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Ameraucanas, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, Welsummers, Marans and Mottled Houdans. 

 

Pictures by Les Farms are not to be used without written permission from me first, and never for any commercial gain. Thank you.

 

Visit our COOP Page! 

 

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post #3213 of 7589
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Originally Posted by heby View Post

I got a quick question or two. Can EE be feather-sexed? I got 7 about 2 weeks ago and they were feather sexed. Just asking cause I see that most of the ones were are sexed due to their coloring and features. Also, is it possible for full EEs to have feathers on their legs? I have 2 that have feathers down their legs. Not on the feet or toes just down the leg. Thank you for your help.


About having feathered legs, yes they can.  Remember, EEs are not an actual breed, so you can't really have a "full EE."   Ameraucanas that are mixed or simply do not meet the standard are considered EE.  Your chickens must have had a feathered legged parent (or grandparent).

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post #3214 of 7589
I have to wonder if any breed of hatchery birds could be used for creating wing sexable chicks? Every hatchery chick I've had has feathered pretty quickly. The EEs were just plain FAST, male and female, and the slowest was the Sussex but more average than slow.
post #3215 of 7589
Can someone please help me sex my Easter Egger ? I really appreciate your help. She/he is 10 weeks old

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post #3216 of 7589
Meredithfair, the comb's a dead giveaway. He's a beautiful cockerel.
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Meredithfair, the comb's a dead giveaway. He's a beautiful cockerel.

X2, and look at those wattles and giant cockerel feet!

 

He is lovely. I've never seen a pure white EE before. 

The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to 10 birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, four black copper Marans and one blue Ameraucana rooster.
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The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to 10 birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, four black copper Marans and one blue Ameraucana rooster.
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post #3218 of 7589
I'm about to give one of my little EE babies to a neighbor and want to check the sex one more time. The last opinions I received said pullet and after reading this thread I think so too. I just want to be sure before I give her to my friend. There isnt any red on the wings and the saddle feathers arent pointed. It is the three rows on the comb that makes me wonder. However, the comb is not that much larger than the other one. What do you think?
9 weeks old and it is the darker one. Poor thing hurt its beak when my dog scared it. :-(
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Originally Posted by califarmgirl View Post

I'm about to give one of my little EE babies to a neighbor and want to check the sex one more time. The last opinions I received said pullet and after reading this thread I think so too. I just want to be sure before I give her to my friend. There isnt any red on the wings and the saddle feathers arent pointed. It is the three rows on the comb that makes me wonder. However, the comb is not that much larger than the other one. What do you think?
9 weeks old and it is the darker one. Poor thing hurt its beak when my dog scared it. :-(
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This may be a pullet, comb is small for a cockerel at 9 weeks. I would hold off on this one and keep waiting, looks like you could have a girl unless this is a very slow developing boy.

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Thank you HeartMoss Farm. I think I'm starting to understand how to tell the difference. I'm so thankful for this thread!
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