Trying to sex a week old chick.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DeborahMoyer, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. DeborahMoyer

    DeborahMoyer New Egg

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    Looking at the vent, I think I've got a lovely little hen. A friend who knows chickens, however, looked at the feather pattern of the wings and says she thinks it's a cockerel.

    Do SFH chicks follow the feathering pattern of one layer for males, two layers for females?[​IMG]

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    Deborah Moyer
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    No, SFH are not wing feather sexable -- despite what many believe and will assert, true wing feather sexing is only achieved by a carefully selected crossing of slow feathering and fast feathering birds/breeds -- however, vent sexing is not straightforward either, which is why even those with years of experience have an "oops" rate of 5-15%.
     
  3. DeborahMoyer

    DeborahMoyer New Egg

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    Oh thanks! The little one is ten days old now, so I doubt I need to be in a hurry to figure it out. Guess I will just wait until it's bigger!

    Deborah
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You could try posting new photos at 6-8 weeks.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    I agree.
     
  6. DeborahMoyer

    DeborahMoyer New Egg

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    23 Days old! Posting just because I am sooooo squeefully delighted with my pretty chick. Three or four more weeks until I think I can really start guessing gender.

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  7. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a feeling that's a boy.
     
  8. Gardenalex

    Gardenalex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too.
     

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