Sexing buff brahmas

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Kimmyk80, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Kimmyk80

    Kimmyk80 Chirping

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    Is there a specific trait I need to look for when sexing my 9 week old buff brahmas? None of them have any signs of comb or wattle development, so I have been looking at their tails. I tried to get pics, but they look so much alike that I can't tell which ones I have taken and which ones I haven't. 8-|
     
  2. cstephens1987

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    Hard to judge without pics. Brahma can be slow to mature as they're a large bird
     
  3. Kimmyk80

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    But I’m not very confident in my judgement.
     
  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    they all look like pullets to me. Not sure why you're looking at the tails?
     
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  5. Kimmyk80

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    I had read on another chicken info site that you can sex young chickens by looking at their saddle feathers. According to what I read, longer saddle feathers and a higher tail depicts a cockerel, and shorter saddle feathers and a flatter tail depicts a female. I’m new to the chicken world, so I’m learning by trial and error;-) Thanks for the input!
     
  6. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Ah, I see. Well, male and female specific saddle feathers won't start coming in until chicken puberty, around 12-13 weeks. Tail carriage doesn't indicate gender.
     
  7. Kimmyk80

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    I would be ecstatic if they were all pullets! I love their demeanors<3
     
  8. cstephens1987

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    Need clearer pictures of the face at this age. I can't really tell from these as they're kind of blurry and far away
     
  9. Kimmyk80

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    They aren’t too fond of me getting too close with my phone, but I’ll try to get some closer ones when I get home.
     
  10. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Buff Brahmas cockerels will develop darker orange wing bars where as pullets will not. I'm not seeing any that look like cockerels to me just now. However Brahmas are a slow developing breed so 9 weeks is kinda of right on the bubble as far as saying for certain what sex they are. Give them another couple weeks and watch for darker developing wing bars "shoulders".
     

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