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How reliable is feather growth sexing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jeffross1968, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I've read in a few places that you can somewhat reliably sex chicks by how fast they feather in, compared to others in the same hatch. Wondering if anyone has done this with any success? I'm making picks this way with my last two hatches and will see how it works out.

  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

  3. HetaChick

    HetaChick Songster

    May 31, 2011
    Oooh… by that my little chick seems like a boy… I'd like to know if this is a reliable method too….

    I kinda want a roo >.> but I may have to resort to some old fashion "can i keep him? Dx" if it is…lolol
  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    No, this is a concept by where you can determine gender somewhat accurately but looking at chicks around a week or so old. The ones with the faster feather growth are females...males have much smaller feathers at that point.
  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Songster

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    It depends on the genetics involved.

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