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In about 3 weeks I'll finally be adding some bcms to my flock. I'm going to be picking out my own day olds and was curious if there is anything in particular I should be looking for to hopefully get pullets instead of cockerels. Any help is appreciated!
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Look for activity. You want healthy, perky chicks. Chicks are very sensitive and can die easily. Get hearty good looking active chicks. Check their eyes, nose and bottom. You want their eyes to be clear and free from any dripage. Make sure their nose isn't running too. And their bottoms, check for cleanness. Pasting can be a big problem in some chicks. Also don't pick any chicks that seem to be "picking" on the others. Usually that is a tełł tale sign of a baby feisty cockerel. Hope that helped.

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"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind"

~Louis Pasteur

 

>NPIP certified<

 

Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.

 

 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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At a day old, there isn't really any difference visually between male and female BCM.

 

I simply would pick a middle sized chick (males tend to be a bit larger, but not always), and middle activity. Not listless but not the most friendly and outgoing.

 

But at 1 day, it may simply be a matter of 50% odds.

 

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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Have to agree with Lady of Mc     -   if there was a fool proof way of picking  at one day or so  - NO ONE would be stuck with unwanted cockerels

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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

At a day old, there isn't really any difference visually between male and female BCM.

 

I simply would pick a middle sized chick (males tend to be a bit larger, but not always), and middle activity. Not listless but not the most friendly and outgoing.

 

But at 1 day, it may simply be a matter of 50% odds.

 

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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