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Sexing Chicks
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MJ in SC    Posted 08-01-2004 at 20:03:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Everyone need some assistance in sexing the newly hatched chicks! We have seven little additions.

I've read conflicting articles and need some devine guidance.

I've read that the female sexlinks will have the white dot on the head and then I read that the female Domniques will have the white dot and yellow legs. I think mine are Dominiques.

Any suggestions.....other than waiting to see :0)

deadcarp    Posted 08-01-2004 at 21:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know you'll think i'm kidding but this way's pretty accurate. You know how with humans, if you toss a big ball at a girl she'll spread her knees and if you toss it at a boy he'll pinch his together? (Usually works - No kidding)

Well with chicks if you sail (a knotted sock or) something over their heads, the little roosters will stand up straight and squauk, but the hens will cower and stay quiet. Then after you think you got them right, try it again on each group to pick out the mistakes. It's an instinctive thing and works at an age. (now i'll have kelly playing frizbee with her blasted chickens) lol

KellyGa    Posted 08-02-2004 at 20:57:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
LMAO!!!!!!!!!! I can teach em to catch that frisbee...I just know I can! LOL!

JB    Posted 08-01-2004 at 20:26:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a little kid, I loved watching and tending to chickens. Once, when we'd incubated a wee flock, mama was looking at the baby chicks, and said, "Well, I think we'll name this one Suzie Q!" I looked the chicken over pretty good, and asked, "How can you tell if it is a rooster or pullet?" And she said, "Always remember, if it lays eggs, it's a pullet, and if it crows, it's a rooster! Now, go play and let me get these 'tended to!"

I still don't know any other way to tell which is which, cause what mama said stuck good! LOL

egh    Posted 08-01-2004 at 20:20:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Place the chicken on its back in the palm of your hand with the head towards you, put thumb and first two fingers around its thighs to hold it.
Tip your hand so that the chickenís breast is towards you, vent uppermost.
Place your middle fingers over the chickenís breast to support the chicken leaving your thumb free. (If you have large hands, place the chickenís head between your little finger and ring finger for additional support.)
Place the thumb of your other hand on the lower portion of the vent (anus).
Using the index finger start from the top of the vent moving down, back and around, rolling the vent in a sideways action.
At the same time a similar action with the free thumb, starting from the top and rolling down and back.
With the thumb and forefinger placed either side of the vent apply gentle pressure and a rolling action to evert the vent and expose the male eminence or lack of it (sexed as female). After a little practice this can be accomplished without injury or significant discomfort to the chicken.

ret    Posted 08-02-2004 at 04:01:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
what is the earliest age you can do this?
Wonder if it would work on guineas?

Ron/PA    Posted 08-02-2004 at 05:18:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
In commercial hatcheries, the chicks would come from the hatcher, to the sexers. Usually within an hour of hatching.
Don't know about any other fowl, but all commercially hatched chickens are done this way.

Red Dave    Posted 08-02-2004 at 10:00:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I worked at the hatchery, sexing was done by feathers. This was more than 30 years ago and I didn't do it myself, so the details are a little fuzzy now. Basicly, there is a difference in the small feathers on the edge of the wing on hours-old chicks. It was fast, usually done when de-beaking & innoculation is done. Pullets in one box, cockerals in another.
I can't remember which sexx had what anymore, been too long ago.

Judy in NC    Posted 08-02-2004 at 20:55:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't remember what board I gathered this from, but I think it might be the method you're referring to:

RE: male or female chicken?
Posted by: Kimberlee z5 IN (My Page) on Tue, Jun 11, 02 at 0:54
I printed this off this forum last year from TWOROCK. "When the chicks are between twenty hours old and no more than sixty hours old, you take their wing and spread it out and look at the feathers at the end of it. There should be a casing around the big feathers. On the hens it looks like someone cut them off straight and the roosters are uneven. It took me some time to get it, but look at them every day after they hatch. What I found was the best time was right at thirty to forty hours when they are good and dry."
I have been doing this for years now and I am 100 %

Joel    Posted 08-02-2004 at 11:42:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Feather sexing can only be done on birds that have been breed to be feather sexable. Otherwise, they must be vent sexed. I have never learned to do it so you are on your own from there!

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