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Sexing chicks on heritage breeds?

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Is there any way to known the gender of one day old heritage breed chicks? If I take the chicks to the vet for a DNA sexing, how long would it have to wait to get the results? Help!
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Unless it's an autosexing breed, no. Most heritage breeds can be sexed at 8-12 weeks of age.

Most vets will get you DNA results in 1-2 weeks, but some of the slower places can take up to 4. Average test cost is $25-$35 per bird.
Edited by QueenMisha - 2/20/16 at 1:09am

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #3 of 4
On certain breeds you can wing sex chicks by the way the primary feathers come in. I know it works on rhode island red chicks.

I don't remember if you are looking for straight line of feathers or offset.

But a gentleman sexed some out of a straight run pen. Wanted 10 hens. He spread their wings and I got 10 hens.
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All long are male and alternating female.
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