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Feather Wing Sexing

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kherokee, May 8, 2016.

  1. kherokee

    kherokee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These two chicks are almost a week old,
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    Chick 1 (suspected pullet)

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    Chick 2 (suspected cockerel)

    The two more chicks below came from two pure black Sumatras but their wings are black and white, so sadly I got two splash Sumatras instead of blacks unless the white grows out...

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    Chick 3: (suspected pullet)

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    Chick 3: (suspected pullet)
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    First of all, most breeds can not be sexed by feathers. It requires a very specific set of genetics. Also, you can not get Splash chicks from Black parents. Just not possible. And those chicks don't look like Sumatra chicks to me.
     
  3. kherokee

    kherokee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may have their shells DNA sexed, but the bottom two are from pure Sumatra parents. The father I just inspected I found had white feathers hiding from plain view so he's a very minimal splash.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    If the father is black, then he has no dilute gene. He can not be Splash. Splash have two copies of the Blue dilute gene. In cockerels/roosters, it results in a pale grey bird with a darker shade of grey through the hackle, saddle and shoulder feathers. If he just has a few white primary wing feathers, he is extended black. Normally those white feathers will molt out, but occasionally they won't.
    Either your Sumatras aren't pure, or you are mistaken about the chicks' parentage.
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    food for thought
     

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