Feather sexing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Poison Ivy, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I just got done watching Dirty Jobs and he was at McMurray Hatchery. I seen where the one guy was feather sexing day old chicks. If that is fairly accurate then I will have 1 roo and 2 pullets. Out of my new hatch from yesterday. Anyone else tried to feather sex your day olds chicks?
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I've never tried but I thought it only worked when you bred a fast feathering male with a slow feathering female.
  3. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I missed this one....hope it comes on again soon! What is the process of feather sexing?
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    - feather sexing

    I was looking at it this morning, if the link does not work just go to youtube and search "How to hatchery" & it should come up.....
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  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    DANG! They are some tuff little chick! You see them get bounced, dropped, and tossed about?! I was afraid I would break them when they were that little!!
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    :(Wow that is hard to watch - how do any of those chicks survive? They must be really tough little birds!
  7. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    this was one give a better "feel" for the process.....
  8. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Yea I was sad when I watched them sex the chicks by squeezing the poo out and then lobbing (tossing) them into a box. No wonder 6 of mine died during and shortly after shipping...

  9. plester01

    plester01 Songster

    Jul 23, 2007
    That was horrible. I do not ever want to eat store bought chicken again. I will also breed my own if I want more. I know that it is part of life but to watch it is so awful.

    If the feather sexing is really 2 sets of feathers same size for roos and 2 sets of feathers differnt sizes for hens then HOORAY !!!!! my single baby is a hen.

    Unfortunately chicken is pretty inexpensive, so I will probably buy it but not for awhile. At least not until I get that video out of my mind. It is hard enough living where I do beacuse it is called the chicken capital. Every day I pass at least one chicken truck taking chickens to slaughter. Some have their legs stuck in the crates while others have their heads stuck. Occasionally you will see some of them fall of the truck to their death. Some if they are lucky will not die from the fall but will either roam free or get picked up by a passing car.
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  10. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    The last time I got babies from McMurray I had 6 die and one had a twisted neck when I opened the box. I was upset because it couldn't stand or walk without falling down. It died the next day because it fell in the water and drowned. I guess it couldn't right itself after in fell in. Then I seen how they throw them around at birth and thought no wonder some die after you get them home.

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