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feather sexing

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BornInSpain, May 10, 2011.

  1. BornInSpain

    BornInSpain In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    Fort Kent
    I just had six BCM hatch yesterday, I feather sexed them today and they are all females, which it souds a little odd to me, does anyone know if feather sexing works on BCM?

  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Unless the hatchery or breeder culled for it then no you can't feather sex them.

    "Probably all chickens have the genes for for fast and slow feathering, so it would be just a matter of culling for this trait until you have two lines that breed true--one for each trait."
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Feathersexing is tremendously misunderstood on this site. It requires that the father be pure for "fast" feathering" and the mother "slow" feathering. That way, the males get a fast from their father and a dominant slow from their mother and will be slow feathering. The females get a fast from their father and nothing from their mother, so they will be fast feathering. But, just like red sex links, once that initial cross is made to produce sex links, it is done. You cannot use the next generation and get sex links.

    If you look at the bottom of Tadkerson's first post on this thread, you can see Tadkerson's write-up about it.

    Tadkerson’s Sex Link Thread

    I've seen many posts on this forum where people claim to be able to sex chicks of certain breeds by their feathers at hatch. I've yet to see an explanation of why that works. I am constantly surprised in chicken genetics because there is often something else causing an effect other than the simple straight-forward explanation, and that may again be true in this case. But, if that is the case, it is not the feathersexing gene doing it. Until someone can explain what what the genetic mechanism is causing that, I am going to remain extremely skeptical that it works, other than when the father is pure for fast and the mother for slow.
  4. BornInSpain

    BornInSpain In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    Fort Kent

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