Sexing Partridge Wyandotte Chicks

Tips for sexing Partridge Wyandotte Bantams…

Girls…

  • Darker plumage (from hatching to early juvenile moults )
  • Rounder wing feathers
  • Paler combs

Boys…

  • Lighter in colouring (from hatching to first juvenile moult) from then on, orange slowly begins to appear, until they are actually darker than the girls
  • Thicker legs
  • Slower wing feather development

Partridge Wyandotte bantams can be sexed from hatching. Look at my story below.

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I think you can sex Partridge wyandotte chicks from the instant they hatch.  The two sexes look very different from the beginning. One is  dark with ‘eyeliner’ the others are light with no eyeliner. I am doing an experiment to see if this is true, taking into account other sexing tips like;

* hens develop wing feathers faster than cockerels

* hens have paler combs than cockerels

*cockerels legs are (generally) thicker

* hens wing feather tips are more round.

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of the experiment, I will update and reveal the result.

 

 

 

All is now becoming clear. The eyelner chicks have very plain plumage and hardly any comb, so they are the females. The males are colouring up, their chests are growing a bit of golden and their combs and wattles are a telltale sign.

 

The latest images below show the growers after having gone through several juvenile moults.  They now have more adult like feathers. Also, my experiment worked. The ones with eyeliner have indeed turned out to be  girls.

 

 

 

 

Now the cockerels are no doubt cockerels, and have gone through more juvenile moults to reach a colour that is similar to their final colouring. The hens have grown and matured, but their plumage colour has not changed much.

One thing is for sure. You can sex Partridge Wyandotte Chicks from Hatching.
The darker ones with ‘eyeliner’ are girls!!

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