Ancient Chinese method of sexing chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bluere11e, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. bluere11e

    bluere11e Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach
    Years ago, I started to study Traditional Chinese Medicine to expand on my Massage Therapy License and begin practicing Acupressure and acupuncture.
    I came across a copy of an old manuscript in an old text that showed how they sexed chicks thousands of years ago. A new chick, pick it up by either the scruff of the neck and let it hang for a moment, or grasp their feet and let them hang upside down for a moment. females will curl themselves up into a "C" or a ball, males will just hang straight.
    I used this method a few times and it always seemed to come out about 50% of the time (Great odds, I know.. [​IMG]) Typical for any method other than actual vent sexing.
    I was wondering if anyone else had heard of this method and what they thought?
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I have heard of this method and think it is like many of those "old wives tales" where you can sex a chick. Pretty much the only way to sex a chick is either vent sexing, sex link breeding or waiting for them to get old enough to see the "signs". 50% sound about right for your method [​IMG]
    ETA - there is also wing feather sexing but like sex links they have to be bred for it.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011
  3. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Rural Michigan
    LOL! I thought this was going to be like one of those "Chinese" charts that figure out age. [​IMG] Can't say as I've ever heard of this or tried it. At this point, I think mine would just start flapping and then pecking at me!

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