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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rirbrahma, Nov 24, 2011.
They are 3 weeks old
They are really too young to tell yet. Come back in a few weeks with pictures. Cute bunch of chicks!
Ever heard of feather sexing? You do it right directly after they hatch, look at their wings. If you're interested, google, cuz I don't remember how XD
And also there's vent sexing. Very very hard.
But at this age it's just too hard to tell. Cute pictures!
Quote:Ever heard of feather sexing
Feather Sexing does not work on all breeds/ crosses and they have to be bred for that type of sexing.
Feather Sexing Chicks
Color sexing chicks can be a difficult task and is dependent upon the phenotype of the chick. If a chick does not have the correct down color, then you can not color sex the chick. There is a way of using another sex-linked trait to sex chicks based upon the size of the primary and secondary feathers on the wing of a newly hatched chick.
Feather sexing chicks can be accomplished by crossing males that are homozygous for rapid feather growth or carry two rapid feather growth alleles ( k+/k+) with females that are hemizygous or carry only one slow feather growth allele ( K/_W).
The female parent contributes a dominant gene for slow feather growth (K) to all the male offspring while the female offspring will inherit only one rapid feather growth allele ( k+) from the father. This cross produces males that have slow feather growth (K/k+) and females that have rapid feather growth (k+/_W).
The following site provides an excellent example of how to tell the difference between a rapid feathering female (pullet) chick and a slow feathering male (cockerel) chick. You have to examine the feathers on the wings of the newly hatched chick. Wait until the down dries and examine the wing feathers.
The table below contains some of the birds that can be crossed to produce chicks that can be feather sexed.
Any of the males in the table, can be crossed with any of the females in the table to produce offspring that can be feather sexed. If you purchased your birds from a hatchery, check with the hatchery to see if the hatchery feather sexed the birds you purchased. If your stock was feather sexed, then the chickens can not be used for feather sexing crosses.
Above information posted by tadkerson at https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261208
It is a bit early, but none of these chicks are developing roo coloration yet. (with EEs you can tell gender by color pattern)
If any of them start developing red patches of color on their shoulders, that's a sign of male-ness.