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Sexing chicks at birth/day old....?

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I just had a hatch of a few chicks... visually inspecting them it was quite noticable that a few had what looked like bigger comb areas already and /or a bigger comb all together... does that mean anything? Or is vent sexing the only real way?
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Nope, at this age a slightly larger comb area doesn't matter. A larger, reddening comb around 4-6 weeks old often means a cockerel, however. Vent sexing is the only real way to sex chicks at this age, unless they are a sex-linked breed.

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Owner of about 20 chickens and 12 exhibition rabbits

Always happy to answer questions! You can ask me about diseases, raising chicks, feeding, and breeds!

 

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Originally Posted by Wyandottes7 View Post

Nope, at this age a slightly larger comb area doesn't matter. A larger, reddening comb around 4-6 weeks old often means a cockerel, however. Vent sexing is the only real way to sex chicks at this age, unless they are a sex-linked breed.


I figured that but it was worth a shot to ask... i cant vent sex, ive tried... need to sit with someone that knows how one day... guess its just the waiting game...
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