Guessing Gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MedSchlFarmers, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love watching my 20 day old chicks interact and trying to guess gender. This is my first flock ever. If I have two chicks that often stare each other down and flap wings and fly at each other are they likely to be cockerels? Or do all chicks do this? They are also the most brave and curious.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's just normal chick mock fight/play, and both pullets and cockerels engage in the practice.
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on sourland's post.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    x 3 on Sourland's post
     
  5. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good! We can't keep roosters, even though we would love to! It's going to be so sad to get rid of the cockerels. Are the odds 50/50 with a straight run?
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Theoretically it should be 50/50 with a straight run but in hatchery birds the majority in a straight run turn out to be cockerels so many times that I suspect that at least some of the hatcheries are slipping a few cockerels into their straight run orders. For the past few decades I've only ordered pullets and since most hatcheries only guarantee 90% on pullet orders, even then I usually get a cockerel or two in the order.
     
  7. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to know for the future. We purchased our current 7 from a private owner. But they were not sexed
     

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