Whoa! SFs are sexually dimorphic, even as chicks? So those with black feathers are male? Crazy! I've always had hope and pray chicks (cross my fingers and hope the magical chicken sexers got it right). Neat!
They are! Which makes them nearly the perfect bird. Although it would be even better if they hatched with distinct colors right off the bat, but it's kind of fun waiting to see who is what. I love my chickies, it's going to be so sad to send them to new homes (or to the great chicken ranch in the sky... lol)
Are these sex-linked birds? I know there are a handful of breeds that have been developed as such. Are these them? If so, then you're right about the colors. If not, you have 3.5 months to wait until you either notice the distinct tail feathers of the male or actual birds trying to crow. Beautiful chicks!
They are not exactly sex-links, as they do not hatch with the gender specific colors. They are sexually dimorphic, however, and their colors indicate their gender as soon as they get real feathers- males are very dark, females are very light. It's fantastic, one of the reason why I chose this breed. They're amazing birds! :) And little punks. Such little punks.