[Update 4 months later: You can ignore everything in this blog post. I checked and rechecked with official sources and it should have been correct. But I ended up with FIVE roosters, no hens, again. Maybe feather sexing doesn’t work for White Orpingtons. I give up.]
I’m going to make a bold prediction and publicly post it! Normally, I would call this “sexing chicks” but after googling that phrase for research and becoming instantly traumatized, I have renamed it “assigning gender to hatchlings”.
Here is my official declaration for the gender of my peeps… 4 girls and 1 boy….YAY!!!!!!!
I hope I’m right!
Last year I tried sexing by wing feather but they all looked the same so I thought I couldn’t tell the difference. Well, 4 months later it was obvious I had ALL roosters explaining why I couldn’t see any difference! Today I saw a difference.
And I’m going to show you how to do it, in case you ever find yourself in need of this particular skill :-).
Here is a little girl. Notice the pins of her feathers are staggered long and short:
This is (supposed to be) a boy. See how the pins are all the same length:
This method of “assigning gender”only works for the first 24 hours and then, due to feather growth, becomes unreliable. So, if I got this right that is 4 hens and 1 roo–I am so excited because we have been rooster-heavy for so long. Well, check back in 4 months and see how I did!