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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hargraves, Feb 9, 2016.
Could anyone tell me what breed my black and white chicks might be?
It is hard to tell right now. Did you order them or where they given to you? Better to wait until they get there adult looking feathers around four weeks.
They were put in with my order for body heat cause I only ordered 12 specific chicks. Thinking they are male sex-links of some kind. New to the chicken thing! These are my first chicks. We started with hens.
Could be black Austrolorp or even black Giants. Black sex link cockerel chicks have a white dot on the head. Either way a lot of chicken dinners.
Are those a sex-link breed as well?
No, Aussies and Giants aren't auto sexing, you'll have to wait them out to tell gender. If they were packing peanuts, its almost guaranteed they'll be males.
They sure are cute!
How can they tell they're males if not an auto-sexing breed? Or is there an auto-sexing breed that looks like these? Lol, I know I'm asking a lot! Thanks
Hatcheries vent sex their chicks. Vent sexing is about 90% accurate if the person doing the sexing is really, really experienced. That's how the hatcheries know which chicks are pullets (to fill orders) and which are cockerels (to use as 'packing peanuts'). Occasionally, sexing mistakes happen and pullets turn out to be cockerels or a packing peanut cockerel turns out to be a pullet. You'll just have to wait and see.
Oh! Okay! I wasn't sure of their method but that makes since. Thanks!