Using back feathers to sex chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 15gardenchooks, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. 15gardenchooks

    15gardenchooks New Egg

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    I have a dozen chicks ranging from a day to 7 days old and was wondering if its possible to tell the sex by the feathers coming in on their backs. Some are looking really long and pointy like a roo and others are round and short. Is this just a coincidence?

    Not sure about breed have a mixed flock or aracaunas cochin and brahma bantams.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Yes, you can tell by their feathers just below the tail fathers. Cockerels will develop sickle/saddle feathers, which are long, pointy, and colorful feathers. Whereas hens will develop a cushion-- shorter, rounder and fluffier feathers.
     
  3. 15gardenchooks

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    Does this happen as early as a week?
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    No, cockerels don't develop their saddle and sickle feathers until around 11-14 weeks. Usually you can sex them by their comb development around 6 weeks (sometimes more).
     
  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, they are way to young to sex by saddle and sickle feathers.
     

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