can you tell the sex of a chic by its wing feathers????

wnthunting

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I have heard that you can tell the sex of a baby chic by its wing feathers... is this true? If yes ... how??? Please post pics if possible
thank you.
 
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Chick1043

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Well it only works with chicks that are bred for it. However here is an example-

Pullet-
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Cockerel-

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Only works with chicks 1-3 days old.
 

LoreenH

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It depends on the breed. Both my Speckled Sussex had different wing feathering, I knew for sure one was a rooster. Nope, I have 2 pullets. I've been told by Sussex breeders you can't feather sex Sussex. My Easter Eggers & Silver-laced Wyandottes were feather sexed and they are pullets.
 

al6517

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They also must be no older than a few day's old 3 at the most, I have done it with many breeds so it doesn't nessesarily have to be breed specific.
 

Chick1043

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Quote:Just curious but what breeds have you done it with? I am trying to sex some chicks right now! lol
 

al6517

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All of the Plymouth rock varieties and it works very well on Cornish and cornish X, I have also done it successfully on RIR and Brahamas.
 

Country Heart

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Quote:When you say you have done it "successfully" - are you able to track how accurate you are can predict the sex? Do you think you get close to 90%? Just wondering, I think it's great that you have had success with the method.
 

al6517

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Sure........... I band them after ID'ing them and track them to see if it worked and it does well over 90%. I have done it for some other folks as well and they were very happy with the results and have been doing it as part of their flock management program.
 

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