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Determining Gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Miss Chicken, May 20, 2008.

  1. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2008
    Is there a blood test to determine gender? If so, how much does something like this cost?
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
  3. hensonly

    hensonly Songster

    May 15, 2008
    upstate NY

    In my long-ago youth, I worked for my vet (dogs, cats, birds, not farm animals), and we did sexing of pet birds right in the office. The vet would trim a toenail just a tiny bit too short, catch the resulting drop of blood on a pipette, and could tell the gender from that. With a chicken, I'd think you'd have to be careful about infection with that method, since that toe would be walking around on the possibly dirty ground until it healed over (which doesn't take long, but neither does it take long to get an infection!).

    The answer to your question, however, is yes, gender can be confirmed by a blood test. You should be able to take her to your local small animal vet to have this done if you want to.
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Vets seem to work in $50 increments. Plan on opening your wallet.
    You might find it more cost effective to just wait. You'll know pretty soon the sex of your birds.

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