How soon can you sex an amerucana?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by love2grinchicke, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. love2grinchicke

    love2grinchicke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first eggs are hatching, [​IMG][​IMG] including one amerucana. Is there any way to tell now whether it is a hen or a roo? [​IMG]
     
  2. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll probably be able to tell for sure at about eight weeks old. Before then, you may notice obvious rooster signs (patchy coloring, red combs, red on the wings, etc), but it will become more obvious as they get older. You can often also tell if they are roosters by looking at the comb. Females tend to have just one row on their pea combs, while males have three rows going across. This isn't 100% accurate, but it is usually pretty accurate.
     
  4. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this work on all breeds? I thought it was only accurate on breeds that were bred to have it.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    No, it doesn't work on all breeds. It only works if the breed/strain has been bred for fast feathering birds of one gender, and slow feathering birds of the other gender. So, Ameraucanas, unless specifically bred for this, cannot be sexed by feathers.
     
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  7. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know this to be for certain breeds. I use this to sex sometimes hundreds of French Marans, Orpingtons, Delawares, & Wyandottes.
     

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