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 Post subject: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:07 pm 
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My turn to ask, I was just wondering what sex you all thought my first Gold Laced Wyandotte is. From hatching it's always seemed like a boy to me, and it's head is getting quite reddish now, but I thought now I've managed to actually take some ok photos I'll pop them up and ask for fun.

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So far out of 22 chicks I am only sure of three of them being female, I do hope there are a few more but knowing my luck...! :doh :biggrin:

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:18 am 
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Le bump, bumpitty bump bump.

Anyone have any ideas because I have zero idea, lol. Until it crows or lays an egg that is. :laughing


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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
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I looked at the post yesterday but I have never kept wyandottes so didn't reply. But for 6 weeks it does look very pink so I would vote boy.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
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Looks like a boy to me. At six weeks, the redness of the comb, the development of the wattles, the amount of black in the bottom of the hackle and the fact that there don't appear to be any feathers along the back are all common indicators of males. Most wyandottes carry a slow feathering gene that is sex linked. This results in boys carrying two doses and girls only one. That is the reason boys are generally slower to feather than girls, especially along the back.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:55 pm 
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Thanks for the replies, you've pretty much confirmed what I've been thinking since it hatched, it's always looked like a boy (it's been named Mr Jerkian by the kids, lol). He does have some back feathers, but they tend to get hidden by his underarm fluff, and compared to the other chickens (different breeds) he's most definitely the one behind in terms of feathering out.

I've got two more chicks who are two weeks old so it'll be interesting to see how they compare. I seem to be so male heavy though it wouldn't surprise me if they are boys too!

I have to say, a breed like the Silver Grey Dorkings I have do make life much easier in the sexing department. The Araucana I have even less of an idea, lol.

Thanks again folks!


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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:27 pm 
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I would wait am not totally convinced it is a boy but hey I am often wrong

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
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Yeah I'm going to wait and see with all of them and when I know for sure I'll decide what to do with them. But knowing my luck I'll still just only have the three females out of the 22 I hatched, lol.


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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:51 pm 
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I was bored so I took a couple of shots of the back feathers just for the hell of it. I'm still just going to wait and see, I just wish I had more than one the same age that I could compare to, lol.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
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Well now it looks like a girl.....lol. Usually a boy will have red smudged through the lacing between the wings as the saddle feathers start to develop. That one looks very much pullet like at this stage but keep an eye out for any red colour coming through along the back or on the wings. Hopefully you've got a girl. They are usually fairly easy to pick at that age but you get the odd one that doesn't play by the rules.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:13 pm 
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Lol, aww, poor confused little chicken. It's voice sounds like a girl but has a boyish look about it, and has since it hatched. It's going to be interesting to see what it actually is, I do hope a girl though, so thank you for giving me a little hope, lol!


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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:04 pm 
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I thought I'd post a couple of follow-up photos to see what the verdict is. I *think* maybe female, but I'm still not sure! These were the best photos I could get as they were all being loony. I don't see any read obvious red although the gold is getting a bit darker, and some of the feathers near the tail have black spots in them.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:30 pm 
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Pullet.

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 Post subject: Re: GLW sexing @ 6 weeks
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:24 pm 
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Yay! She's lucky she's a girl I tell you. She pecked me in the eye the other day and gave me a rather nice corneal abrasion, lol. If she was a he it would have been dinnertime for it! :rofl:


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