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Lindsay Helton

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Sexing young birds
« on: June 07, 2020, 01:33:53 AM »
APA judge Rip Stalvey recently posted this and I wanted to share it with our members (with his permission):

In sexing young birds of breeds that can have slow to develop combs in the males I have found this method to be far more reliable in determining sex. This was shared on the Crevecoeur Project Preservation Group.

"Thought it was time to re-post these images since so many folks are asking how to sex their young birds. This goes for any breed except Silkies. Look at the saddle feathers (middle top of back) and you will see 1 of 2 types of feathers. Wide & well rounded means the bird is female. If they are skinny & pointed almost like hackle feathers, then the bird is a male. By the time they are about 8 weeks old you can see it clearly."

Thanks for sharing Rip!
« Last Edit: June 07, 2020, 01:39:21 AM by Lindsay Helton »

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Re: Sexing young birds
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2020, 05:00:51 AM »
Nice article Lindsay. A good way to get an early heads up on your young grow outs! Another tip, right here on the Forum from one of our ABC Pros.
Gordon Gilliam