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Sexing babies Faverolle and /or sussex breeders, help please.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Radine, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Radine

    Radine Out Of The Brooder

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    My babies are one week old today. I ordered 5 faverolles and 10 speckled sussex, and Cackle sent me an extra sussex. Unfortunitly one of the favs was pretty spent when I got them, and didn't last the day. As of today, I still have all the other 15. ( This is my first forray into raising chickens, and everyday I race home from work, half expecting them to have all died from something I forgot, or did wrong.) Instead I'm truley amazed at how much they seem to grow. Which brings me to my questions. I remember seeing somewhere that you can tell the sex of a Faverolle real early. Something about the color of their feathers. I also read that with sussex the pullet grows feathers faster than the roos. So looking at my sussex first, 9 of the 11 have feathers on their wings from what seems to me to be the equivelent of their elbows, while two of them only have what seems to be gloves (or tips of wings). The same could be said for the Favs, where 3 seem really well feathered on the wings, but the one we call Runt only has a "glove" also. However of them two maybe three have black to some degree on thier wings (including Runt), and If I recall correctly, that means they are all three roos, right? Or is alittle black okay? Someone with experience breeding these types, please respond, as I only originally intended to have 1 roo and 7 hens, but I honestly don't think I wana give any of them up. So If I do have a pluthera of boys, I'm going to have to do some rearranging. Will cocks fight if you house them seperate from the hens? I was thinking of building a range type bachler pad and rotating 1 roo with the ladies every 2 weeks or so. Thanks for any and all advise.
     
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  2. Radine

    Radine Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone?
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    My fav's had me worried for the first 4 weeks they just kept getting dark feathers :mad: I ordered sexed pullets from meyer hatchery. They then got dark tan and light brown feathers all over and are the craziest looking chickens I own ! They are also sweeties [​IMG] even though my hens are not really pets they don't mind being picked up and held for a bit to show people or even having their butt feathers trimmed [​IMG] YUCK !

    Good Luck sorry I don't know anything about sussex,
    Henry
     
  4. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I couldn't tell the difference between my SS pullets and cockerel from Ideal at one week of age except that he came with a green spot painted on his head! Post some pictures in a couple weeks and we could probably help you. Don't know about Faverolles, I only have pullets.
     
  5. Radine

    Radine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, to both of you. Guess I'll have to wait it out. My moneys on the 3 late featherers, being the boys. But I don't know squat, and have nothing more than gut instict to work with here. I'll keep searching the net and watching my babies progress. Thanks again for your help.
    P.S. I'll try to get some pics up soon, if I can figure out how to down load either of my cameras. Sometimes it seems to work other times, eh. What's worse is I've downloaded pics, and then lost them somewhere in my computer.
     
  6. Radine

    Radine Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] One of the boys(??) [​IMG] This is what the other 9 look like, with much more feathering and tails starting [​IMG]Runt, on my lap [​IMG] All 4 with Runt in the upper right corner [​IMG] another pic of the 4 (Runt in right corner). Hard to believe it was only a week ago, today all 16 arrive in that same box, and had room to spare
     
  7. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you may have one roosters and two hens but they may trick you and all be hens or all be roosters its hard for a bit to tell the sex.

    good luck,
    Henry
     
  8. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two on the left side are girls, the one at the top on the right looks like a boy? And the one at the bottom right is hard to see so could be either but looks dark? Maybe two of each? You may have to wait a bit longer though. Sometimes the girls will be a bit dark at first.

    Marie
     
  9. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Radine - what did they end up? I'm trying to determine what I have - mine are 2 weeks old tomorrow...
     

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