Can you feather sex these chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Cuckoo4Cochins, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Cuckoo4Cochins

    Cuckoo4Cochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I have some "sexed" pullets I ordered from cackle hatchery and I'm starting to think some are boys after looking at articles about feather sexing. The two pictured are 3-4 day old chicks. The first one is an Easter egger, and the second one is a Cochin bantam. Thanks. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    WAY too early to tell! Re-post if you're still uncertain at about 8-10 weeks...cute little fuzzy-butts!
     
  3. Cuckoo4Cochins

    Cuckoo4Cochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know they are so precious. But anyways I was told feather sexing could be done at this age? Although I guess it wouldn't be accurate at all lol. If it is I'm pretty sure I have all boys :(
     
  4. StarMeKritten

    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feather sexing is pretty unreliable unless the breeder was specifically breeding for that trait. The vent sexing that is done by the hatchery is significantly more accurate (usually about 90% accurate). You'll be able to tell in about a month if they made a mistake. For right now, the odds are heavily in your favor that they are pullets.
     
  5. Cuckoo4Cochins

    Cuckoo4Cochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks. I was jus very unsure about that white Easter egger. All of the others have a nice even curved wing and his just have two little pointy feathers.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Feather sexing can be done at this age, but not on those chicks. Folks on the internet like to tout you can feather sex any chick, but it's just not true. You have to cross specific breeds or strains with slow-feathering and fast-feathering genes to get a chick that can be feather sexed. Here's the definitive thread on sex linked information, feather sexing is toward the bottom of the first post...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information
     
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  7. Cuckoo4Cochins

    Cuckoo4Cochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks that was really helpful and made sense
     

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