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Sexing Chicks

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Hey guys I am possibly going to my local feed store to pick up MORE chicks xD

 

I have heard about several ways to sex baby chicks.... could anyone help me out?

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-Caleb

 

Highpointfarm46.blogspot.com

 

EAT FRESH, LOCAL FOOD...

 

"Real heroes wear dog tags"

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post #2 of 51

I had a woman there hold them by the back of the neck and if the feet stick straight out thats a male, if not its a female, she said it was 80% accurate

post #3 of 51
I used the neck thing with my first 7solo chicks.. according to the terminology. I had 6. Hens and 1I rooster... however they are about 6the weeks now and they are looking more like 4a roos. And 3I hens. Lol.. I wished it was better.
8 Bev davis bcm's, 4 mixed french bcm, 2 hipuchies, 5 rir bitties, 6 silkies chicks, 23 Bev davis bcm chicks, 30 cotirnix quails, 2 beautiful girls, and a wonderful wife! Full time job seems to be in there some where, oh and my garden.
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8 Bev davis bcm's, 4 mixed french bcm, 2 hipuchies, 5 rir bitties, 6 silkies chicks, 23 Bev davis bcm chicks, 30 cotirnix quails, 2 beautiful girls, and a wonderful wife! Full time job seems to be in there some where, oh and my garden.
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post #4 of 51

That's what I'd like to know too...How to do it!

8 Chickens, many rabbits, one husband, 8 children, two cats and one Great Pyr.
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8 Chickens, many rabbits, one husband, 8 children, two cats and one Great Pyr.
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post #5 of 51

 I got 7 chicks at TSC last week at half off $ because they where getting in new chicks and these where  week old - straight runs. They let me choose the ones I wanted. I feather sexed them to try to get 6 hens and 1 roo. They had 14 but, 6 had long wing feathers and tail feathers started. The rest had short wing feathers and tail was just a fuzzy butt.  So either I got what I wanted or 6 roos and 1 hen. lol  idunno.gif

Last year I bought 2 RIR from the pullet bin and ended up with a hen and a roo.

Sexlinks are a sure bet.old.gif

I hope you get what you wanted.

post #6 of 51

idk how to sex them but i noticed the wing feathers on my chicks that are roos were alot longer then my one girl...which i have 4 males and one female,great.

post #7 of 51

The way we do it is to look at the wing feathers at about 3-4 days. If the two layers of wing tip feathers are both long then it is a roo. If the bottom layer is long and top layer is short then it is a hen. This does not always apply for all breeds, but is is pretty good for most breeds.

"Women who behave rarely make history". Hubby, 7 year old, 6 cats, 2 dogs, fish, 2 parakeets, 1 house chicken, more than enough chicken (aka don't want to think about counting), 1 handicapped/wingless roo with his 2 girl friends, lots of babies in waiting (eggs in the bator chicken and turkey)
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"Women who behave rarely make history". Hubby, 7 year old, 6 cats, 2 dogs, fish, 2 parakeets, 1 house chicken, more than enough chicken (aka don't want to think about counting), 1 handicapped/wingless roo with his 2 girl friends, lots of babies in waiting (eggs in the bator chicken and turkey)
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post #8 of 51

Are there any feed stores near you that sell sexed chicks?  They are usually 90% or better accurate.  Fortunately for me all of the feed stores around here sell sexed chicks and most are careful to not let the get mixed in the other bins.  And there are LOTs of places around here to get chicks.  I have found that the 90% number is pretty close for the non-sex links.  I am going to get about 20 chicks in 3 weeks and I am expecting 2 or 3 to be roosters.  Hopefully none but I will expect a couple.

1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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post #9 of 51

The one I think is a roo has 2 layers of feathers both about the same length and now at 2 weeks looks like his comb is larger. The others have tips that are much longer. I hope I sexed them right ?hu.gif

post #10 of 51

I read somewhere else that if they stick their legs straight down when held by their neck, then they are pullets, and if they kick and pull them up, they are cockrels....which is it? I have 4 chicks and when I do that test on them, they all hang their legs straight down, and the were all "supposed" to be pullets, so I don't know, but I'd like to know if anyone does.

 

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