Cockerel or Pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by GimmeCake, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

    May 8, 2013
    I understand it may not be 100% correct, but since the chicks at my hatchery are only a day old I feathered sexed them just to check for any huge differences in their feathers.

    From my understanding this is a girl:

    But what is this:

    The first image is an EE. The second is a Java. Anyway, should I be concerned? Thanks in advanced!
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    Not all breeds can be feather sexed as day olds.
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Someone may correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure feather sexing only works with breeds that have been specifically bred so that you can feather males have the slow growth feathers while the females have the faster growth feathers.

    It does not work generally with just any breed.

    EE's would be really hard as they are mixed heritage. Java's are a totally different breed than EE so both male and female would develop differently than the EE, so there would be no concern there it would be trying to compare apples to oranges.

    There is a good sexing EE thread here on BYC. EE's can typically be sexed by their adult feather pattern at fairly young ages (by 8 to 10 weeks).

    Lady of McCamley
  4. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Quote: As far as I know that is generally correct, however I breed mongrels exclusively and find it holds true there too for the most part.

    And maybe I'm missing something... But only rarely have I seen day-olds with such feathers. Some of my chicks hatch with feather quills already beginning to split to show wing feathers though. I like that trait, it means they'll be more likely to evade predators than non-winged siblings. The bush turkeys around here hatch with full wings already in place.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Only some breeds/strains can be feather sexed. I don't know if Easter Eggers and Javas can be feather sexed.

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