Age and gender of Speckled Sussex chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tulips08, May 25, 2019.

  1. Tulips08

    Tulips08 Chirping

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    They were sold to me as "2 week old pullets" a week ago... I know they're NOT the age that I was told. Tell me what you think... age and sex if you can, please.

    Chick A:

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    Chick B:
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    Many thanks!
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Look to be 3 to 4 week old chicks, too young to determine gender definitively.
     
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  4. debid

    debid Crowing

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    They look like they could be 3 weeks. Not sure why you think they are a different age than you were told.

    And I suspect you're worrying over one feathering faster than the other but that bit isn't necessarily linked to gender. They're more reliably sexed at 6-8 weeks by comb development.
     
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    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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  6. Tulips08

    Tulips08 Chirping

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    I was told by others (locally) that they were older due to feathering. Also they're HUGE compared to my Easter Eggers that are supposed to be the same age (but I do realize they are different breeds and that affects size).

    I'm still learning and trying to figure out who to believe... I figured the masses and wise chicken people on BYC would probably be the most reliable.

    I've been keeping their temp correct for 3 week olds so I'm glad to hear everything is as it should be. :)
     
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    debid Crowing

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    These two pullets are 3.5 weeks old here. Both are EEs, same hatch date. You'll notice that one is MUCH more feathered than the other. The slower girl has what is almost certainly the feathering delay typical of "slow feathering" breeds (but unusual in EEs).

    Now that they're almost 9 weeks old, I am 100% sure that they're both pullets, the feathering difference is no longer visible, and they're growing normally. It's simply different feathering rate genes at work.
     
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