Sexing Speckled Sussex Chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tiffany24, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have 4 Speckled Sussex chicks and was wondering if there is a way you can sex them this early. Thank You! [​IMG]


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  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I was hoping the lines on their backs were a sign. 2 of them have straight lines going from their heads to their backs and the other 2 have a spot on their head and then a straight line down their backs. Hoping I get both sexes not just one out of the 4. [​IMG]
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    There is an article I've read that states "typically" of the partridge type colored chicks, the chicks that have a continuous line from head to tail and 3 colors in their chipmunk bars are the females, those that have a break between head and back and have only 2 colors in their chipmunk bars are male.

    I used that technique to pick out my 2 EE chicks at the feed store and both have developed into nice pullets.

    However, I don't know if that holds true in a lot of cases. I would have to repeat that experiment a lot of times before I would be convinced that is true.

    So the standard answer for Speckled Sussex is no. Try it and see if you can see any difference in the chipmunk pattern and then note which bird is a male or female as it grows.

    Lady of McCamley
    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/6-3/determining_sex_in_chicks/
     
  5. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, If I go by color I have 2 of each but I'm not holding my breath just yet. Time will tell but it would be nice to know for sure.
     
  6. Meljo1978

    Meljo1978 Out Of The Brooder

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    Did they turn out to be pullets?
     
  7. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost each baby when they were around 4-5 weeks old. I had 8 chicks and got all of them from Tractor supply. They would be acting fine and then I'd wake up and find some in the brooder dead I know it wasn't the Temp in the brooder. It broke my Heart! They were eating and drinking and acting normal. I really don't understand what happened but I wont be buying chicks from tractor supply again.
     
  8. Roof

    Roof New Egg

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    I have found with light Sussex that if they develop a point to their wing feathers in the first week or so they are boys, if they have stumpy wings they are girls. I've only got 2 out of 14 wrong!
     

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