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Hatchery Sexing!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickalator, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. chickalator

    chickalator Songster

    Mar 5, 2008
    Senoia Georgia
    i see alot of what gender is this and i was just gonna tell some facts about chick sexing for some folks who just dont know yet!

    over time i have found that when sexing chicks it is easiest to use the wing method.

    Young pullets have a tall row of feathers on ther wings with a hort row in between the large onew.

    young cockerels only have a large long row.

    to access thes feathers hold the young shick in your hand, gently grasp one of the wings, spread the wing feathers, adn press gently on the center of the wing. this will splay out the feathers and then you can effectively use the wing method!

    good luck!
  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Okay, so, boys have just one long set and girls have three sets or layers of wings? Really?
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I thought that only worked with chicks that were specifically bred to be sexed that way? If the hatchery didn't breed for that, it would be inaccurate.
  4. chickalator

    chickalator Songster

    Mar 5, 2008
    Senoia Georgia
    i was brought up sexing any chicks we had this way, and the males have one row and the females have two rows with one shorter than the other.
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Several years ago I watched a show on TV about hatcheries. It may have been dirty jobs. Well, those people who sex the chicks were impressive. They grabbed the chick, turned it upside down, spread the vent and looked for "something". If they saw it - male. If not - female. I will say this, they may not be 100%, but are close to it.
  6. Old Rando

    Old Rando Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    The wing feathering sexing method will only work if the breed or strain being sexed has been bred for males that are genetically slow-feathering and the females are fast-feathering. Most breeds have not been bred this way and must be vent sexed. The males have a tiny bump inside the vent and the females are smooth. Some males have bumps too tiny and some females have a wavy flate area so a small amount of mistakes happen.
  7. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Old Rando has it. The chicks have to be bred from a parent that is slow feathering, and a parent that is fast feathering.

    This method is generally used for Leghorns.
  8. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    I was just watching the video moduckman mentioned just last night. I am ordering chicks from Welp. It was Dirty Jobs. I rememebered this video as well, and went looking for it to get a better idea of the process of what the chicks will go through. Now I understand why the hatcheries all say there is a 90% accuracy rate with Vent sexing. They go so fast; they can make mistakes. They talk about both feather sexing and vent sexing on the show. I believe Mike is at McMurray Hatchery.

    I also ordered the vaccine for Merek's disease. Ouch! They show that in the video too.

  9. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    Meridian Idaho
    Thanks for the link on sexing! that is cool

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