Game chick question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nuttinfancy, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. nuttinfancy

    nuttinfancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a way to tell the sex of game chicks when they hatch or within a few weeks? I recently hatched 7 and noticed that 3 have tail feathers and longer wings than the other 4. They are 11 days old today. I took a few pics to show the feathers. TIA
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    No, I don't think that is a reliable way to sex game chickens. Some birds grow feathers in faster, or even hatch with more feathers--most of the time, this doesn't have anything to do with gender.
     
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes bantam lover is right. The only time you can use feather growth to sex chicks is if you have a parent with the slow feathering gene and the other parent with the fast feathering gene. The males of that will feather out slower than the females. Other than that, you will probably just have to wait and see. :)
     
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  5. nuttinfancy

    nuttinfancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the responses. It was hopeful wishing as I decided to not keep any more roos so the sooner I learn the sex, the easier to part with them ( yeah, like I really believe that). I am already attached to these little charmers! Thanks again!
     

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