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#1 2012-03-12 22:34:17

NaturesPace
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sexing chicks

So, I'm wondering if others have noticed this or if I'm just hoping I discovered the way to sex chicks. You guys are probably going to say i'm nuts. :funny:

For my first hatch, all two EOs, the male had light colored wing and the female had a dark wing. So I'm thinking the same is true this time around. they are a little young to really tell, but it's so much fun to try to guess the sex waaaay before you really can.

In the foreground, I think, is the male with the light colored wing. female in the background. What do you guys think? Have you tried this already and it doesn't hold true? I kind of hope it's wrong, cause that would mean I only have 2 girls.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/maleLightwing.jpg

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/femaleDarkwing.jpg


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#2 2012-03-12 23:25:16

gubi
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Re: sexing chicks

There can be some truth to that but with the variation in colours we still get it isn't 100%.  I remember last year that the boys were looking for attention right from the start.


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#3 2012-03-13 00:33:55

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Re: sexing chicks

I have found that too gubi that the boys are the ones "in your face" first, and pecky too.....ouch!!

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#4 2012-03-13 01:45:31

Maggiesdad
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Re: sexing chicks

for the chicks coming from Skyline, I think you"re onto something, NP...  :surfing:

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#5 2012-03-13 03:27:22

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Re: sexing chicks

They are adorable! :EO:  I am pleased to see the roo had brown in his wing. 

Look at the far ones tail, a pullet for sure.  I think the near one is a roo, despite not seeing the comb very clearly.  Closest I can get is first week or so is combs, and bigger chicks/thicker legs often male.

By week 2 Wing colour, usually dark is female and male can be light or dark.  At that same age, look at the tails, females have longer, but that only last for a few days, most of these do.  If you don't spot these in the first few weeks, you can be lost at 4-6 weeks if there are slower developing roos as the combs can either be really easy or some are still hard to tell the difference by then.  Just seeing all the photos of variations we have had at many ages had given us more experience in what range each sex can have.

With the greyer than the ideal  boys we have had, boys are greyer/white and pullets browner, as the breeds gets closer to what it should be I bet the boys will be more brown too and it will be harder to tell by colour.  Usually at 2-3 weeks when the body feathers start to coming in on the shoulders, brown used to mean female, but I had males that turned out nicely that had brown barred body feathers early on instead of the usual white/grey we were getting.  I found sexing was harder in some ways last year than ever before or that reason. 

The girls are more timid than the rammy boys.  The roolets will be the first on your feet/knee or whatever if you don't handle them or they are not tame til a few weeks old.

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#6 2012-03-30 23:13:44

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

So my chicks are now 4 weeks old and I thought my theory was bunk a week ago. Two of my light color wing babies started getting a lot of brown. I was very exciting thinking it was possible that i had 3 girls, but by week 4 you can see barring on the brown feathers. The girl is not barred and darker. The combs are bigger too.
I'll get some photos of the difference tomorrow if the sun shines.

Anyone else keeping track of their chicks?


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#7 2012-03-30 23:15:04

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

oh, my other light winged baby is turning out to be mostly white. He might have some Colombian highlights.


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#8 2012-03-31 01:53:14

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: sexing chicks

Looking forward to seeing pics!   I hope a few more turn out to be  pullets for you!

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#9 2012-03-31 03:43:49

appway
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Re: sexing chicks

Will be watching for updated Pics
It is a learning for me
Thank you for sharing

Joe

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#10 2012-03-31 23:17:16

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

OK here are some photos of the the 4 week olds. On the males you can see the barring on the brown feathers. The female does not have barring.
Female
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/EO_female1.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/EO_female2.jpg

Male - Green
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/EO_maleGreen.jpg

Male - Purple
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/EO_malePurple.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/EO_malePurple2.jpg


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#11 2012-03-31 23:46:23

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

Forgot, here is the white roo next to a splash. He is the one at the bottom.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/Splash_WhiteEO.jpg


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#12 2012-04-01 00:38:59

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Re: sexing chicks

Interesting how grey the down is on that one white ones head. And the splash is interesting as well.

As the roos get closer to the proper color it does get harder to tell the boys from the girls. The bars are a good way, and the comb of course. I know I thought Adonis my golden roo was a beautiful pullet for the longest time. 

Thanks for sharing NS!


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#13 2012-04-01 01:44:16

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

Just to be clear. The bottom roo is the White EO. I thought his head fuzz looked yellow. Splash is am Easter egger.

Even though I would love to have more pullets, I think they are boys.


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#14 2012-04-01 02:04:57

poplar girl
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Re: sexing chicks

Oh okay, that makes more sense! Didn't look like an EO.


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#15 2012-04-01 13:40:54

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Re: sexing chicks

Thanks for posting these, naturespace!

I can't wait until I need your help figuring mine out.  Lockdown is tomorrow - hatch on Thursday!!!!!
:hatch:

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#16 2012-04-01 23:47:30

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: sexing chicks

What beautiful little birds Naturespace!  You have  little darker "Blondie" pullet, your Green roo is really well marked.  The other boys are handsome too.  Your last fella looks just like Specky did when he was  a chick!  He'll get darker and then lighter in his lifetime.  Lovely pics!

Hey Chestnut Ridge, good luck!  I am locking down tomorrow too, looks like about 120 eggs.... :whistle:  I'll candle again anyway.

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#17 2012-04-02 02:24:18

gubi
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Re: sexing chicks

Good luck Claire and chestnutridge.  I have 63 going into lock down tomorrow night too.


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#18 2012-04-02 11:21:54

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: sexing chicks

Thank you too!  I started another thread for our hatching progress.  :snowman:

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#19 2012-04-02 11:27:53

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: sexing chicks

NS nice pictures, sorry you got more boys than girls.  It happens to all of us.  Well at least you will have a choice for a the best rooster and will give you a trio. :thumbsup:

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#20 2012-04-02 14:09:56

NaturesPace
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Re: sexing chicks

Green roo is the sweetest too, so I'm hoping he has nice body tape too as he grows, both brown boys have yellow legs. My girl as willow or blue. Not sure how to the difference is yet.

Yes I'm thrilled to at least have a trio.


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