Sexing a straight run of wyandottes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lkingeryrd, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. lkingeryrd

    lkingeryrd Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh my. I ordered 8 wyandotte bantams and got 22. I am trying my best to get rid of them. I do not have enough room in my brooder, and certainly not in my coop. It would help if I could tell the boys from the girls. They are 3 days old. Some of them have a dark mark on their head. Are those the boys? Are the boys bigger?

    Help.

    Lisa
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Is it a dark mark, like a marker? Placed by the hatchery? If so, that likely indicates excess cockerels.

    What hatchery did you use?

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  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you positive they are all Wyandotte bantams? Hatcheries don't sex them so I'm not sure why they would put a mark on some.
     
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    lkingeryrd Out Of The Brooder

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    I got them from Ideal Poultry--Assorted Wyandotte Bantams. Can you see the dark mark some of them have on their heads? The customer service lady told me that they do not sex the bantams. Any opinions? Does the mark mean they are boys or simply a variety of wyandotte? Ideal Poultry by the way sold the following: blue, blue laced red, columbian, bufff columbian, silver laced and golden laced. I live in the city and absolutely can have no roosters. I thank you in advance.
     
  5. lkingeryrd

    lkingeryrd Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh and no. I am sure they are not all Wyandotte bantams. I got a duck in there too!! A duck!!

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  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    It just looks like a different down color, and won't indicate gender. Why would they send someone a lone duckling!
     
  7. lkingeryrd

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    Indeed! Poor duck. But I found him a good home on my friends farm.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree that's down color, not hatchery added markings. You won't be able to sex them until they get larger combs, thicker legs, things like that.
     

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