Feather sexing day olds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bettacreek, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    On the "how it's made", they show them sexing chicks by the wing feathers. Is this only effective with certain breeds, or does it work for all? Does it work on silkies and cochins? The silkie chick I have would be female if this is true for silkies, and cochin's wing feathers are already too developed to tell.
  2. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I seen that one too. I am not sure on the breed that is. The chicks were yellow. So they would have to be a white chicken, maybe leghorns or broilers. Those chickens are mass produced.
  3. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    For feather sexing to work the males need to have the slow feathering gene and females are genetically fast feathering. Only a few breeds or lines have been bred this way.
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Feather sexing only works on American breeds.
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Rock X Cornish cross
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Leghorns are Mediterranean class. Leghorns and Broiler Breeders are sexed using the feather-sexing method.

    It just depends on the lines of the birds you have purchased from. If that line used a slow feathering male over a fast feathering female, then the chicks should be able to be feather-sexed.
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    So, in other words, with my pure silkie and cochin chicks, I'm SOL? Lol. Shame too. How long does it take until you can figure out genders on these birds? These two are supposed to be pets, but I cannot have roosters, so I want to know just how attached we're going to be to these guys before finding out genders and possibly having to rehome one or both. [​IMG]
  8. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Quote:Silkies are one of the hardest breeds to sex, so you'll have to wait until the males combs and wattles begin to redden up, streamers come in, or the crowing starts.

    I don't know much about cochins, I got my first last saturday and they are only a week old. I think though that you can tell around the same time as most other breeds.

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