Chick sexing project


Premium member
May 7, 2017
East Texas


Aug 25, 2018
Hello!! Im new here and am helping my developmentally delayed brother start his first flock... How Could you help me sex these rir??... hè wants to name them!!


Free Ranging
Jun 5, 2018
Arlington, Texas
Hello!! Im new here and am helping my developmentally delayed brother start his first flock... How Could you help me sex these rir??... hè wants to name them!!
Hello, welcome to BYC! First you'll have to start a new thread in the 'what breed or gender is this?' forum, with pictures and ages. Then we can help you out!


Oct 10, 2018
Puerto rico
Hello I recently bought four chicks I took pictures of their faces to see if I could sex them but I'm new and there's alot of false info out there but I found you guys so hopefully you can help me


Oct 20, 2018
Hello, I recently had my broody hen try and hatch 8 eggs, and 1 only survived! All the rest were crushed by some other chickens wanting to lay eggs in the same box when I was gone!!! :(:(:( :hit
So now I have one adorable healthy chick! She is about 4 weeks old, maybe a little less...
anyways we got the fertilized eggs from a family friend so we do not know the breeds of the chickens and I am very curious what my one chick is! Is she a hen or a roo? And what breed is she??
(I only have hens so I'm hoping my little miracle chick will also be a hen! We've had to get rid of past roosters)
Here's pics of Miracle (my chick) plz let me know!


Nov 1, 2018
Oxford, NC
Hi All,

We have started a project to assemble collections of photos to help people trying to sex their chicks. What we are aiming for, for each breed included in this project, is a collection of photos showing chicks of both genders at as wide a variety of ages as possible, up to an age where differences between male and female are obvious. Such a resource will allow people to see at a glance how old their chicks should be before they have a go at discriminating males from females. For most breeds, it should be possible to use such a collection of photos to either confirm or dismiss previously suggested diagnostic features, and it may even be possible to identify new features to help pick out birds of one gender or the other.

The most valuable photos will be those that show the same chicks at a variety of different ages, ranging from before to after their gender is apparent from the photos. Moreover, these photos should clearly show those features that are most useful for discriminating the gender of the relevant breed. Such series of photos are not nearly as easy to find on the internet as one might think! If you already have such a series of photos that you'd be willing to share, that's great. If you don't, but are currently (or shortly to be) raising chicks, please consider taking regular photos of them as they grow older, until they are old enough that their gender is clear. If you have a run of more than one chick of a particular breed, such a series of photos could be particularly useful, but of course you should make sure that the identity of individual chicks can be tracked through the series. In many cases this will be possible due to individual markings of the chicks, but if the chicks are sufficiently similar it may be useful to mark them yourself in some way (e.g. by loosely tying coloured ribbon or thread around their legs), or by putting a spot of waterproof marker pen on their beak.

Anyone interested in contributing to this project should get in touch with me. Together with Rob (aka Nifty-Chicken) I have set up a very rudimentary prototype showing roughly what form the resource could take (for just a couple of breeds) here:

I'm tinkering away with this, but Rob and I are hoping that soon this project will get to a point where it will be possible for contributors to add photos themselves. However, we're not quite there yet, and until then, it would be really helpful if you could make yourselves (and the breeds you are interested in) known to us (so we can contact you when the resource is ready) and start assembling series of photos of chicks of known age and (initially) unknown genders. Also, spread the word – the more people contribute to this resource the more helpful it will be. The breeds that we cover will be determined by the breeds that people show an interest in, but basically any breed that can't be sexed straight after hatching would be suitable for inclusion.

Thanks in advance for your interest!

Dear erinangele DirtCreature and Tiss, thanks for your offers of photos which I will gratefully accept! I'll let you know when the sexing photo pages are ready for you to add to them. Might even be in touch before then if get around to putting photos together for any of those breeds under the current system. Best wishes, Mark
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