Does anyone know how to sex very young chicks?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by manchick, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

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    What do I need to do??
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    vent sex ( look up their rears)
     
  3. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

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    What is vent sex or rather what does that mean
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    very, very gently?



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  5. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    just google "vent sexing chicks" and do "image" search,, you'll have millions of hits.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    People go to special school to learn to vent sex; it's a real art. Depends on the breed. Some can be color sexed at hatch to a degree of certainty. Some you just have to wait for the combs to get red or other secondary sex traits to show in a few weeks.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. Vent sexing is done on newly hatched chicks.

    Check this site out. It will explain vent sexing.
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I read once that you could sex them by the first real feathers on their wings....something about the size and development of the first four primary feathers can show if they are a roo, or something of that nature.
     
  10. Fowl Visions

    Fowl Visions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did a blog post on this not too long ago that shares how to sex an old-timers way. I heard from others that it is 95% success rate. I just started sexing this way myself so time will tell.

    Sexing Baby Chickens

    There is another method that hatcheries use by checking their wing feathers. Here's a link I found that gave a good tutorial:
    http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld006.htm

    When I sexed mine both ways they came out with the same results so again it is a matter of waiting to see if it was correct.
     

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