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How soon can you tell the sex of an ostrich?

post #1 of 6
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I'm noticing distinct behavioral differences in my two ostriches. It's made me wonder if I have a male/female pair. Also, one of them has much nicer plumage and feathering coming in. What's the earliest you're really able to tell?

post #2 of 6

you could have them DNA sexed

(I'm guessing you didn't try to vent sex them at hatch)?

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No they weren't vent sexed. I'll probably DNA sex them in the future, but I was just wondering if people had any theories about the distinction as far as their behavior or appearance of plumage.

post #4 of 6

Not until they reach adulthood (at least not that I am aware of). How old are they now?.. if they are just a few months old and can be easily handled you can still vent sex them. 


Edited by yinepu - 8/3/13 at 3:33pm

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They're about 3 months, but they're not easily handled at this age, they're surprisingly strong and I don't think they'd want me checking. roll.png

I'll DNA sex them in a month or so and post back about if I was correct in my assumptions or not.

 

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Yea I agree. No other way to see the difference until they are adults. I wish their was!
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