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Postby driver_hr » 05 May 2013, 14:32

Hello guys i have 4 shamo chicks which are between 1 and 3 days old. These are my first ever hatched chicks and i need some help to feather sex them. I have attached a pic for each chick, could you tell me which ones are males an which are females? thats only if you can tell. Thank you.
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Postby driver_hr » 05 May 2013, 22:14

Anyone please?
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Postby Jessie » 05 May 2013, 22:24

Are they different from other chickens, as I thought you could only feather sex based on the body feather shape from 8 weeks or so?
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Postby chuck1 » 06 May 2013, 00:42

There are some breeds and strains within breeds that have long feathering/short feathering on the wings as photographed.
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby NannyP » 06 May 2013, 12:46

There used to be a thread on here about feather testing at 3 days old. I have found it in a search, but it says it doesn't exist when I attempt to open it.
However, here are two links that might help you. From what I recall and the two links, I think you'll find that the females are the one's with longer feathers,and the males have the straight line shorter feathers. See what you think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_sexing

http://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/chick-sexing-techniques/
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby CP » 06 May 2013, 17:22

Feather-sex girl.JPG
feather-sex boy.JPG
From that same post I remember too NannyP....all the same length is a boy, short & long together are girls.
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby NannyP » 06 May 2013, 19:50

Well done, I knew someone would come up with it. I'm going to make this thread a sticky, that way it won't get lost.
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby driver_hr » 06 May 2013, 20:54

Thanks for the replies guys. Ive had a look and i think i have a female an 3 males. Anyone want to take a guess by looking at my pics?
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby NannyP » 11 Jun 2013, 10:14

Both my Pekin chicks are coqs! I sort of looked at the wing feathers of a couple of this month's hatch and may have a few more boys too :(
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby subruss » 11 Jun 2013, 10:22

I wouldent cull well bred birds on feather sexing alone its not a sure method of sexing :(
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby laffinfowl » 11 Jun 2013, 10:35

As far as i can remember from that thread that Nanny p mentioned i think you have to have a fast feathering breed and a slow feathering breed crossed for it to be an accurate way to sex them by feathering alone,open to correction on that though :-k
Maybe throw up some pics when they are a bit older and we can all have a stab at the sex of each.
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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby darkbrowneggs » 11 Jun 2013, 10:41

driver_hr wrote:Thanks for the replies guys. Ive had a look and i think i have a female an 3 males. Anyone want to take a guess by looking at my pics?


My guess would have been top two boys last two girls

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Re: Pics - Help needed feather sexing my chicks

Postby MamaOwl » 07 Mar 2014, 15:10

How accurate was your guess then Driver?
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