Using wing feathers to sex chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by suebgbr, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found a video on youtube by chickenlover451. I put 'sexing chickens' in the search bar.
    They say you spread the wings out at 3 or 4 days old. If there is a single row it is a roo and a double row of feathers means a pullet.
    1. Is this true?
    2. Does it work for all breeds?
     
  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have to be breed for that trait, you cant just do it with any chick.
     
  3. ccmarie

    ccmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's just like the colors of sexlinks, in that it has to be bred specifically. If you got your chicks from a hatchery, and they're from breeds that are often used for this (leghorns, for instance), it might work. Of course, you can still look and write down your guesses to check back later. Can't hurt.
     
  4. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's just that my silkie has 2 layers of feathers. i was hoping it was a pullet
     
  5. Manda07

    Manda07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does this work when the chicks are older? My barred rocks are around 3 weeks old and have two layers of feathers to their wings
     
  6. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it only works when they are a few days old
     
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  7. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Rocks are easy as they feather in. Boys have two copies of the barring gene so have twice the barring and are brighter/lighter than the girls.
     
  8. ChickenRaiser95

    ChickenRaiser95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it doesn't work, will there still be difference in the wing tips? I sexed mine yesterday and their eggs were sold by a friend, i came out with a ratio of 1 cockeral to 6 pullets. I have Americana, Brahma, Welsummer, and Jungle Fowl chicks that i sexed.
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    There will be differences in feathering rates by breed and individual which is all you're seeing.
     
  10. ChickenRaiser95

    ChickenRaiser95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "cockerals" had wing tips like IiIiIiI (ignore the dots) while the "pullets" had wing tips like IIIII
     

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