Sexing Sussex Chicks

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  1. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age can you start telling boys from girls with hatchery Sussex chicks?

    We have 9 chicks, that are 4 weeks old right now, and at this point, I have no idea. lol


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  2. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the only way you can determine for sure what gender they are is when they start to crow or lay an egg, but it is easier to sex the older they get.
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    What color Sussex do you have?
    Best,
    Karen
    Waterford English Light Sussex
     
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  4. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled.
     
  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    I think this lecture describes how to sex SS chicks by chick down color. Falkenstein was the person who lead the SS from a cinnamon-colored base color ( as seen on this 1890 trading card: http://tinyurl.com/c5wfek5 )
    to the rich, deep mahogany base color (as seen on this 1931 trading card: http://tinyurl.com/a6vanrs )
    we see today in our well-bred SS birds.



    1918 A.J. Falkenstein American poultry advocate, Volume 26 , Feb. 1918 "reprinted article; "The Proper Color of Speckled Sussex" An article written by Mr. A. J. Falkenstein, the leading English breeder of Speckled Sussex, read at the annual meeting of "The Sussex Club of America" at Cleveland, Ohio, January 10th, 1917. See Message #31Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:50 am , for full text . http://tinyurl.com/yaa5zlx
    search the magazine for : speckled Sussex .
    The article is on the Page 202 hit.

     
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  6. 3riverschick

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    Hi,
    I found this on another thread about sexing Speckled Sussex chicks: " roo is on the lower left with more blurring of the chipmunk stripe and the reddish head. Females had sharp edges to their stripes. Hope this helps!". This is interesting because it was also found to be true in "chipmunk" colored chicks in the Marans breed.
    The females also had much sharper definition of their head stripe.
    Best,
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