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Sexing Light Sussex Chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sparky74, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. Sparky74

    Sparky74 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Light Sussex chicks hatched on New Years Day so they're 2 weeks old today. Unbelievably I hatched 12/12 under a broody hen (Wyandotte X RIR) in Australian Summer heat.

    A couple of them have developed tail feathers already and I wonder if this is any indication of gender or is it too early to tell?

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Some folks swear by tail feather development, or slow feathering overall as a sign of a cockerel. I've never found it that reliable myself. I go by comb development, leg thickness and overall stance. It's too young from what I can see to start picking out cockerel. Being able to see them in person, you'll be able to tell who is sprouting combs first.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would imagine with your heat, you have no need for heat lamps. Congratulations of a great hatch 12/12 super [​IMG]
     
  5. Sparky74

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    Well, it is mid summer here and apparently it's the hottest January on record.
    But the eggs were hatched under a broody hen. It's a much easier way to brood chicks than having them in a box in the laundry with heat lamps etc.

    Now, I've got another broody hen and need to decide if I want to set a clutch under her in this heat or to try to break her. If I set her, I'll do so at the residential aged care facility where I work so the residents can enjoy them.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Momma hens Rock! So, so much nicer to let them raise the chicks [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamLover21

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    Agreed
     

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