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Gender for day old chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by beagleman77, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    I hatched chicks I need help can tell what gender day olds are it has to be possible the hatcheries do it so pls help of you know how pls post

  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    Hatcheries do it several ways. Some chicks are sex linked, meaning the males and females hatch different colors from each other. This is 100% accurate and anyone can do it. Some chicks are sex linked for feather growth so the feathers on day old chicks grow in differently and you can tell a male from a female by looking at the feather growth on their wings. This, again, is 100% accurate but as with the sex linking has to be bred for specifically and only works with those certain chicks. The technique that works on all chicks is vent sexing, where a trained person looks in the chicks' vents for the differences between males and females. This is only 90% accurate, and that's when performed by experts. This is dangerous for the chick when performed by a person who does not know what they are doing because the chick is easily injured or even killed with improper handling, and really this should only be attempted if you have someone who can teach you, like a vet or an expert, or if you are willing to take the chance that you might injure or kill the chick and understand that you're not going to be very accurate with it at first.

    There are also some breeds, like barred rocks and welsummers, where the females look slightly different than males at hatch and these differences can be used to fairly accurately sex the chicks, but this is not 100% like sex links are. Then there are also autosexing breeds such as cream legbars where males and females always hatch looking differently, and this is 100% accurate as it is with sex linked chicks.

    If you want to be sure you're getting females and that the chicks can be sexed accurately and easily, sex links are the way to go.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Sex linked matings are sure fire ways of telling sex at hatching. After that vent sexing by professionally trained folks is generally about 90 % reliable. The only two ways that I know of determining sex at hatch.
  4. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    Thanks I will look at the sex link breed
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Black Sex Links are my favorite chickens and I highly recommend them as they are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per year per hen. :eek:)
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    x2 on this.
  7. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    Thank yall so much for the help I like the sex link breeds

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