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Feather sexing question: Ameraucana x Leghorn

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Arielle, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Can I feather sex this combo of breeds:

    true ameraucana roosters on white leghorn hens





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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Are we talking about sex-linking or feather-sexing? Two different things [​IMG]


    You actually can indeed do sex-linked pairing of the two but you of course require the female and male to be certain colors for it to work.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks Illia.

    You are right. Feather linking is not sex-linked, rather it's the origin of the breed and fast or slow feathering. Leghorn is white and can't be used for sex-inking. But I wanted the white eggs AND to separate male and female offspring . So I'm looking at feathers, if I can.
     
  4. SeattleLeah

    SeattleLeah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you ever find out if this worked? I have some Leghorn x Americauna chicks hatching out at the moment and would love to know if it works! Thanks
     
  5. SeattleLeah

    SeattleLeah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    several weeks later and I found that feather sexing didn't work for me. I sexed 4 chicks and only one turned out to be correct [​IMG]

    however, the leghorn in the cross does make the cockerels quite apparent by 2-3 weeks of age.
     
  6. BBsChicken

    BBsChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:What makes it apparent? Larger combs or something else? (I have 3 chicks that are a little over a week and one has longer wing feathers and is developing tail feathers quicker than the other 2.) Thanks!
     
  7. SeattleLeah

    SeattleLeah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the comb got big and red on the boys quite early, around 2-3 weeks. Girls also pinked up a few weeks later and had me worried for a while but they are girls.
     
  8. BBsChicken

    BBsChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I'll watch for that. I was a little worried about the difference in length of wing feathers/tail growth between my chicks.... but "overnight" the shorter wings grew to almost touching the tail. I think maybe those 2 were just a bit younger. Keeping my fingers crossed! (We can't have roos.)
     
  9. ThaiDye

    ThaiDye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just crossed my Ameraucana roos with my brown leghorn hen as well as my blue Andalusian hen. I didn't mark all the eggs cuz the LH & BA eggs look the same, but they are due to hatch this weekend so should be interesting.
     
  10. Runawaylobster

    Runawaylobster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched 3 chicks of this cross, all splash but predominately white. One was apparently a male spotted at about 3-4 weeks. The remaining two appeared to be female. At hatch I had one with long wing feathers and two with shorter blunted wing feathers and at that time i wondered if this was a sign of gender.

    BUT... now at almost 3 months old the two females both still appear female but one has pointed tail feathers which I would immediately assume to be male... I really hope not it's time for me to have some luck with this cross, and goes against all the other signs.

    I am wondering if a female can have these pointy tail feathers.. !!
     

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