Anyone Need Help Sexing Chicks!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenchick12, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. chickenchick12

    chickenchick12 Chirping

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    Ok, it's super easy and super simple. A 3-4 day old chick that is a female will have 2 layers of primary feathers and a male will have one layer. Also, a female's wing feathers develop faster than a male's. I found a really good video on youtube that had directions. It makes choosing chicks a lot easier.

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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Feather sexing only works for birds that are bred for that particular trait. It does not work for all breeds or mixes.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Agreed.
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

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    Right!
    It also only works at hatch, a chick at 3-4 days old, even if a feather sexable cross, will not be sexable any longer. This cross is used for commercial leghorns, where 2 separate lines, one fast and one slow feathering, are used to make sexlink leghorns that look exactly like non-sexlinked ones after a few days.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    Agreed.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    X3
     
  8. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Songster

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    Anyone know anything about doing it with the vent? I here that works well with all breeds
     
  9. chickenchick12

    chickenchick12 Chirping

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    Oh[​IMG]. Thanks for the extra info. jgoldy2, love the profile pic. Old English, right?

    I feel like I don't know anything about chickens now[​IMG].
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  10. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Songster

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    My profile pic is a day old speckled sussex, you know the basics on chickens and how to care for them[​IMG]
     

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