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Feather sexing baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thecreekhouse, May 5, 2016.

  1. thecreekhouse

    thecreekhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2015
    East Tennessee
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I don't know how well it works on Silkie but it certainly works with many breeds.
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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    True feather sexing is reliant on a careful selection of parent stock so that you are crossing a slow feathering female and fast feathering male - it is then a sex linked trait with the male offspring feathering in slowly like the mother, and the females feathering in quickly like their father. The "reading" must take place in the first three days.
    Anything other than the above is merely a matter of luck - it has a 50/50 chance of being accurate if used for sexing, just like any of the other common myths/wives tales/etc about sexing.

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