Determining Sex in Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SoyBean, May 20, 2008.

  1. SoyBean

    SoyBean Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if there is any way to tell whether a chick is male or female other than waiting till they grow up. The reason is, we want to get a few chicks but we definitely do not want a rooster (for noise reasons). So how can we tell? We were thinking of going to a farm supply store since I've heard they can carry chicks sometimes.
     
  2. SoyBean

    SoyBean Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know? We are about to head up to the farm supply store (Southern States) to get bedding for our rats. I'm worried that if they do have chicks I'm going to want to bring some home. But I doubt they have them there. I've never really looked though.
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Usually when you get chicks at the feed store they are unsexed and sometimes they don't even know the breed. There are some breeds that can be sexed by color but not most. There are some online hatcheries you can order from where you can specify what you want and their sexing is pretty accurate. We ordered from MyPetChicken.com and ordered 15 females and 1 male and that is exactly what we got. Unless you are prepared to cull the roosters you may end up with, I'd suggest ordering from an online hatchery instead. JMHO.
     
  4. Kessidy

    Kessidy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I understand, if you want to be able to tell what a chick is it is best to get a sex-link. I agree with the previous poster.
     
  5. mamma

    mamma New Egg

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    I am a newbie and made this mistake. I got 6 baby chicks on Saturday and they are unsexed. I don't know what I will do with the roo's. I certainly can't cull them so I will have to take them back to market or find a farmers help I guess!?!?!

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