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can you sex guinea keets at day one??

post #1 of 21
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Seems like I read somewhere that you can "guesstamate" the sex of day old guinea keet by

something to do with the 'feathering quill' under their wings...???

 

any truth to this??   and if so, how is it done???

 

I ran thru many old post and could not find anything but felt sure I read it somewhere ....

 

this is my second year with guinea and thought if true I would try and guess their sexes

and see how many correct guesses I got when they are grown....got day olds here just waiting!!

post #2 of 21

Never heard of that for guineas but have for chickens.

You got a 50/50 chance so go for it and let us know what ya find?

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post #3 of 21

I've been asked this several times, but don't know if it pertains to keets or not 

Keets don't even have feather quills at a day old, lol  hu.gif

 

I'll have to look really close at my next hatch!

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post #4 of 21

Yes this is possible but not sure how to explain it. I grew up with guineas and had always played with them as keets. My mom first noticed that when they were a day old I would pick certain ones out and name them. The ones I named girl names were always hens as adults and the boy name ones grew up to be males. When she would ask how I was sexing them as chicks I would always just say well some look like boys and some look like girls and out of hundreds of keets I have never been wrong. When we needed new breeding stock she would ask me to pick out a certain # of hens and a couple males and they all grew up to b what I sd. We used to hatch them in groups of 100+ and sale them all by 2 days old as we kept a list of buyers. One time a local man came to purchase 40 and mom told him she could have me sex them for him if he would like. I was 13 at the time and he told me I was full of it and basically made fun of me so mom winked at me and handed me a box and told me to go get him 40 of the keets that hatched yesterday. I went out and put 40 in the box and he paid for them. Several months later he called our house and asked to speak to me. He was very angry as all grew up to b males and sd I did it on purpose. My reply was how could I do that on purpose remember its imposable to sex them at a day old and hung up on him. A few months later he came back apologised and asked for all hen keets this time. Called back again months later asking again how I knew they were all hens but all I could say is idk how to explain I can just tell by looking at them. He was a customer for many years after and he sent lots of business our way. To this day I can still sex them at a day old with 100% accuracy and I can do this with Turkey poults at well at about 95% accurracy. All I can say is I must of spent way to much time as a child with the critters lol but at a day old males act like adult males and hens act like adult hens. Once I was so dissapointed as one of the guinea hens I selected to keep back as a breeder had a wattle turn out like a male but other stayed like a hen. Thought sure I had made a mistake til she began laying eggs.

post #5 of 21

Great story! I bet you could make a living doing that, as I never knew it could be done.

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post #6 of 21

LOL I wish I could make money doing it. U have no idea how many calls I get to this day from people asking me to stop by to sex the baby guineas they just hatched. Some ask me to do this with poults too but I always tell them Im not a 100% accurate on turkey poults. I can do this with goslings too and b 100% accurate. I have no idea how to vent sex. I wish I could do this with baby chicks a s well but I cant. Not a single person has ever offered me gas money even after driving to thier farms to do this. All I get is a a thank u months down the road and am told I was right and they want me to teach them how I do it. I have tried with a few and they were sexing them wrong and cant seem to get anyone to get it right. I have have go to a friends next week as they have keets due to hatch and sex them. Thing is they have to b 24 hours old dry and active b4 it will work. Starting to wonder if I can do this via video as long as the babies r calm and not hudleing in the corner from fear. If someone would like me to try they would need to put a colored dot on the keets that I can see in the video and might b better if they used a live web cam over them for a bit so I can watch them and say this color and this color etc r hens and all the other colors r male.

post #7 of 21

You should contact a hatchery close to you, if there are any.

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post #8 of 21

I have always wondered this but if u think about it a hatchery may b able to vent sex them as they do chicks but choose not too cause what would they do with all the extra males. Was thinking that might make them loose money or bring in business as they would b the only hatchery that offers sexed keets. Guess they could charge a higher price for hens lol. Im in north east Ky not sure there is a hatchery around here

post #9 of 21

I believe it's very very hard to vent sex Keets which is why this service isn't offered by most hatcheries. It would be almost impossible to try to guarantee their sexing on them. 

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post #10 of 21

Thats neat I always guarrented mine and never had to correct any they were always what I sd they were. Hmm maybe I will look for a local hatchery to do this. oddly enough mom always suggested that but I kinda worry the hatchery wont believe me as I have had to prove many skeptics wrong over the years. i have been able to do this since I was 10 and now Im 31 and have still yet to b wrong once

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