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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!
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!
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... :-/