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Poultry and Livestock: Anyone had luck sexing day-old chicks via wing-tip feathers?

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Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9301434

I have an order of 35 Buff Orpingtons coming soon, two of which are roosters. Has anyone had any luck sexing day-old chicks by looking at their wing tip feathers? I saw a photo comparing male and female chick's wing tips and wondered if it's really reliable and that easy to tell? I would like to find my two rooster chicks and mark them in case I decide to divide the batch into two smaller flocks.
According to the photo, the wing tip feathers of day-old females grow significantly faster than the wing tip feathers of day-old males.

Would appreciate your thoughts. I hope it's as easy as it looks!
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 10, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9301452

I think you will need to watch them for a few days. The pullets do grow wing, and maybe more obviously, tail feathers earlier than the roosters. Also pullets' wing feathers come to more of a point than the roosters. Good luck!
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9306875

Most hatcheries mark the roosters when they are specifically ordered (not straight run). Look for dots on their little heads...
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9309388

Thanks Catmad and Porkpal! The chicks come next week. I will look for a dot on their heads! ;) Chick day is so much fun with our grandkids...
:) Glenda
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 18, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #9309390

Can we expect pictures?
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

October 21, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #9311854

Sure!! :) They're suppose to arrive sometime this week! Stay tuned!! ;)
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2012
3:58 AM

Post #9321700

As promised, here are my 35 baby chicks - all Buff Orpingtons! It is my favorite breed; I love their look, temperment, and egg production. :)

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

November 1, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9322052

Are the roosters marked?
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 15, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9333690

Well, McMurray did not mark them. :( So, I looked at the feathers on their wing tips and made a guess as to which two were roosters. I marked them on the head, but it came off somehow. ((sigh)) I guess time will tell... :-/

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