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Feather sexing question: Ameraucana x Leghorn

post #1 of 15
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Can I feather sex this combo of breeds:

true ameraucana  roosters on white leghorn hens





Edited to change title.


Edited by Arielle - 11/3/11 at 4:47am

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post #2 of 15

Are we talking about sex-linking or feather-sexing? Two different things wink


You actually can indeed do sex-linked pairing of the two but you of course require the female and male to be certain colors for it to work.

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post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Illia.

You are right. Feather linking is not sex-linked, rather it's the origin of the breed and fast or slow feathering. Leghorn is white and can't be used for sex-inking. But I wanted the white eggs AND to separate male and female offspring . So I'm looking at feathers, if I can.

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post #4 of 15

did you ever find out if this worked?  I have some Leghorn x Americauna chicks hatching out at the moment and would love to know if it works!  Thanks

post #5 of 15

several weeks later and I found that feather sexing didn't work for me.  I sexed 4 chicks and only one turned out to be correct hu.gif

 

however, the leghorn in the cross does make the cockerels quite apparent by 2-3 weeks of age.  

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several weeks later and I found that feather sexing didn't work for me.  I sexed 4 chicks and only one turned out to be correct hu.gif

 

however, the leghorn in the cross does make the cockerels quite apparent by 2-3 weeks of age.  

 

What makes it apparent? Larger combs or something else? (I have 3 chicks that are a little over a week and one has longer wing feathers and is developing tail feathers quicker than the other 2.) Thanks!

Chickup (BR), Lacy & Sassy (EE), Dottie & Beeper (SLW), Cake & Nutters (LB), Goose (BSL), and Willy, the cat

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Chickup (BR), Lacy & Sassy (EE), Dottie & Beeper (SLW), Cake & Nutters (LB), Goose (BSL), and Willy, the cat

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post #7 of 15

Yes the comb got big and red on the boys quite early, around 2-3 weeks.  Girls also pinked up a few weeks later and had me worried for a while but they are girls.  

post #8 of 15
Thanks! I'll watch for that. I was a little worried about the difference in length of wing feathers/tail growth between my chicks.... but "overnight" the shorter wings grew to almost touching the tail. I think maybe those 2 were just a bit younger. Keeping my fingers crossed! (We can't have roos.)

Chickup (BR), Lacy & Sassy (EE), Dottie & Beeper (SLW), Cake & Nutters (LB), Goose (BSL), and Willy, the cat

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post #9 of 15

I just crossed my Ameraucana roos with my brown leghorn hen as well as my blue Andalusian hen. I didn't mark all the eggs cuz the LH & BA eggs look the same, but they are due to hatch this weekend so should be interesting.
 

post #10 of 15

I hatched 3 chicks of this cross, all splash but predominately white.   One was apparently a male spotted at about 3-4 weeks.   The remaining two appeared to be female.  At hatch I had one with long wing feathers and two with shorter blunted wing feathers and at that time i wondered if this was a sign of gender.

 

BUT... now at almost 3 months old the two females both still appear female but one has pointed tail feathers which I would immediately assume to be male... I really hope not it's time for me to have some luck with this cross, and goes against all the other signs.

 

I am wondering if a female can have these pointy tail feathers.. !!
 

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