OE feather sexable?!!

MysteryChicken

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That's interesting, but EE's are mixed breeds. Not much control there. One could also say you got lucky.
I know EEs are mixes, but are quite useful.

The EE used was a Gold, Silver Split, Birchen. All the males were gold, silver split, & the females were gold, or silver Birchen.
Coloration was pretty stable, same with large heavyweight bodies.
 

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I have actually with my EE/Brahma crosses.

Sexed them as 4 males, & 6 Females, & was correct.
Males were slow feathering, & the Females were Fast Feathering.

Planning on making an article explaining the process of how I wing feather sex different breeds, & crosses as soon as I can get around to it. I may try next year.
That mixing shouldn't work assuming the Brahma was the father. You need a fast feathering father for this to work and Brahmas are not :) As for the OP, potentially they could be feather sexed if Easter Eggers were slow feathering but as a mixed breed, you don't have a good way of knowing for sure but Marans should be fast feathering. :)
https://www.cacklehatchery.com/what-is-feather-sexing-separating-fact-from-myth/
 

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I hatched some eggs and 2 were OEs. I Believe they are BCM x EE, but not really sure. I have 2 chicks, and they are both feathering at different rates. Here are the pictures. Any ideas if they are a male and female?

For sexing these particular chicks, I would just wait until you can see comb & wattle development, and figure out gender from that.

I would not try to sex those chicks based on feathering speed. Either gender can feather at either speed. To get feather-sexable chicks, the father must be fast-feathering and the mother must be slow-feathering (the chicks reverse that: slow sons, fast daughters). But unless you know the feathering speed of the parents, I would assume that feathering speed does not tell you anything about the gender of the chicks.

You might want to keep notes on which one was feathering at which speed, so you will know if they could produce feather-sexable offspring in the next generation.
 

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That mixing shouldn't work assuming the Brahma was the father. You need a fast feathering father for this to work and Brahmas are not :) As for the OP, potentially they could be feather sexed if Easter Eggers were slow feathering but as a mixed breed, you don't have a good way of knowing for sure but Marans should be fast feathering. :)
https://www.cacklehatchery.com/what-is-feather-sexing-separating-fact-from-myth/
Brahma was the mother. Never had a Brahma rooster, been wanting one though.

I had a FBCM hen, & she was slow to feather.
 

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