Gender with head spot

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CayuseRanch, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am trying to sex my chicks with all the various techniques and see which is most accurate. The head spots all look the same to me so I thought I would let you guys weigh in. Also does any one know on feather sexin is it same length boy or girl.
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  2. ChickenAddict92

    ChickenAddict92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all, what breed are the chicks and how old are they?

    I don't know if this'll help but all 3 of my Dominique chicks were girls and they had that white head-spot as chicks.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    What breed was the father? What breed was the mother? Was the father pure for fast or normal feathering and the mother for slow feathering? Was the mother barred and the father not barred?
     
  4. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mom and dad are both cuckoo maran. I have some chicks that have the uneven feathers and some that do not. Now, let me just say that I am a believer that you don't know until it crows or lays an egg, but I am just tracking it for fun. For example...the one on the left...even feathering which I think means girl...Hung upside down by legs and it fought to get up, which means boy, hang by head and kicked like crazy which is supposed to mean Girl...but it also has the largest spot on head so that could mean boy lol. But just can't make a decision on all their head spots...they are mostly the same size so thought I would ask for opinions here.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm not familiar enough with Cuckoo Marans specifically or barred chicks in general to be able to help you. The head spot on the girls should be smaller and sharper than on the boys. That's about all I know about them. Sorry!
     
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  7. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My two black ones are Cuckoo Marans/ameracana x SLW. I wish i could tell gender by the spots on there heads. idk how to do that eaither tho.


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  8. Flowerbh

    Flowerbh Overrun With Chickens

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    Google "sexing chickens". There are some great u-tube videos about sexing chickens. The primary wing feathers on a female have two lengths. The males have only one length. This must be done by the first 3 days of life. After that, you either have to wait and see, or learn to do the vent thing and I understand that is even hard for the experts.
     
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used that link for my Marans. It was spot on with all the chicks, except one.
     
  10. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the feather sexing you need to specifically breed for it. So unless the OP bred those chicks to be feather sexable(fast feather gene carrying father to slow feather gene carrying mother i believe) it wont work.
     

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