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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by manchick, Feb 21, 2009.
What do I need to do??
vent sex ( look up their rears)
What is vent sex or rather what does that mean
very, very gently?
Sorry, couldn't resist!
Here's an article about vent sexing:
(sorry, I don't know if I can do an html link in these forums)
ETA: it seemed to work okay
just google "vent sexing chicks" and do "image" search,, you'll have millions of hits.
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.
I agree with the other posts. Vent sexing is done on newly hatched chicks.
Check this site out. It will explain vent sexing.
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.
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:
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.