Days olds, attempt at feather sexing. Your thoughts?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tomtommom, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know not all breeds can be feather sexed, but hey, it beats just hoping for the best!

    [​IMG] RIR Girl


    [​IMG] RIR Girl

    [​IMG] WR Girl

    [​IMG] WR Girl

    [​IMG] BJG, really not sure, too darn poofy!

    [​IMG] BJG Boy, if their wings say anything at all.
     
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes unfortunately it's not possible to determine gender of all chicks via the feather method. The hatchery/breeder has to specifically cross slow feathering birds with fast feathering birds in order to produce offspring that will be identifiable in this manner.

    I would post pictures of your chicks in two or three weeks, and it'll be less of a shot in the dark.
     
  3. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I learned that part recently.

    Initially I learned how to do it, and I was told you could do it on any bird, except for bantams. But like I said, it's better than just picking some chicks and hoping for the best.

    You never know, right? [​IMG]

    We'll just keep out fingers crossed. No boys, no boys, no boys. My track record is awful.. 2 brothers (only girl), 2 sons, 4 male puppies, 2 male cats, had a litter of bunnies, all boys. Maybe I will get lucky [​IMG]
     
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. If it helps at all, there are a couple of things males generally tend to do, even super early. They aren't iron clad items, but rather generalities, but as you said, better than nothing.

    A.) Male chicks tend to have more outgoing/curious personalities (usually the 'favorite' is a male)
    B.) Male chicks can sometimes have excessively slow feather growth. If you have one chick that is WAY behind on feathering (especially the tail), but is the same age as the others, it is most likely a boy.
    C.) Male chicks tend to 'stand tall' to survey their surroundings, while female chicks will keep their bodies horizontal and concern themselves with the ground more. This is early development of behavior that will fully manifest later in their mature lives, when roosters keep an eye out for predators.

    Hope that helps you pass the next few weeks with a bit less anxiety :).
     
  5. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my. Well, I may have a bunch of boys then [​IMG]

    One of the RIR is very vocal and does the "tippy toe lookout" thing. One of the rocks is the first to come check things out. The giants are both super shy though. Wouldn't that be something, the ones I think are girls are all boys and the other way around.

    We'll see. I like to take my guesses, it's part of the fun. I can sell off the boys or eat them (worst case scenario LOL).
     
  6. ChickenLover603

    ChickenLover603 Out Of The Brooder

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    x 2. That is a lot of boys!!
     

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