question about sexing wyandotte chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hansen4211, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Hansen4211

    Hansen4211 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know everyone says that its hard to sex chicks when they are a week old. I have 3 that are the same and one is much darker. So Im assuming that I have either 3 roosters and one hen, or 3 hens and one rooster. Any ideas?
     
  2. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post pictures and we'll help you......plus we all love pictures!
     
  3. Hansen4211

    Hansen4211 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you see the difference between the two?
    The one on the right has a lot more black on it.
    I have 3 of the one on the left.
    I do believe that the ones on the left are cockerels.
    They are now standing striaght up and pecking at each other.
    Which means I am going to have to find a home for two of them.
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    I just added this one for fun because they crack me up how nosey they are. But it does show the difference in there little tummies.
     
  4. chickmanna

    chickmanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cute chickies!!

    I just got my first chicks a year ago and just hatched my first eggs 10 days ago, so I'm certainly no expert. But I spend a LOT of time hanging over the brooder and reading here on the forum.
    So these are just observations [​IMG]

    Seems like the down or feather color in chicks would only be valuable for sexing if there is a difference in the color of the adults in the breed, like a Salmon Faverolles. Some breeds have differences in the chicks pattern that are gender indentifiers, like Welsummers, but I don't think color is relevant there, more the pattern.

    I did try feather-sexing the SLW and the splash BLRW from my recent hatch because I read that this was a breed where that might apply. I have to say they were classic examples of male/female feather patterns. And now that they are 10 days old, other signs like faster feathering on the female, thicker legs on the male, etc. are still holding true to what the feather-sexing indicated. But only time will tell for sure.

    http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld001.htm

    The legs on the chick on the right do look a bit thicker than the others to me.

    I have 20 chicks in my brooder and they are all standing up and challenging each other at this age, so not sure that's a sign. Hopefully some experts will step in here. Good luck with your babies.
     
  5. Hansen4211

    Hansen4211 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Thanks for the info. This is my first time with chickens and babies so any info is appreciated
     

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