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Can Buff Orrington be feather sexed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by knightgang, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. knightgang

    knightgang Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    Southeast, GA
    Well, we have a guy fairly local that incubated and hatches small batches on a regular basis. However, unless they are sex links, he sells as straight run, not at all sexed. Last time I bought from him, I successfully feather sexed 2 Rhode Island Reds and was correct on them being the pullets I wanted.

    So, cab Buff Orpingtons be feather sexed? Is so, I may go get some new hatchlings from him in a few weeks.

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  2. knightgang

    knightgang Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    Southeast, GA
    Looks like I found my answer on post #7 of this tread.


    I feather sexed a couple of RIR chicks and go them both correct. We saw the difference in the feathers for sure when we saw little roos feathers, all equal length, it was very obvious. Of course I realize that this has to be done within the first few days of hatching. These little ones were on day five when I saw them and feather sexed them.
  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    "feather sexing" is a sex-linked trait that requires hybridization of special strains. What you did was get lucky. It doesn't work at all reliably with either RIR or Orpingtons.

    There are autosexing breeds that are easily sexable and breed true without hybridization. They are getting popular, but not readily available from hatcheries or feed stores - yet.

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