How can I tell if a chick is male or female?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by oherman, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Hatching Eggs

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  2. Day-Old Chicks

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  1. oherman

    oherman Hatching

    Mar 25, 2012
    I am going to incubate for the first time with some fertile Easter Egger eggs. My town that I live in does not allow Roosters. Should I just order day-old chicks or take the chance and get some hatching eggs then give away the rooster(s) if I get one? Any Suggestions would be extremely helpful!

  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    The only way to really decrease the odds of getting boys is day-old SEXED chicks, that are all supposed to be female.

    Straight run or hatching eggs, you'll likely get more than 1! My last hatch did 3 boys, 3 girls. It isn't unheard of to get more boys than girls.
  3. ButchGood

    ButchGood Songster

    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    50 50 chance with each egg. So there's a possibility to get ALL roosters or all hens. Most people I know get a pretty even mix.
  4. ButchGood

    ButchGood Songster

    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    Its a toss up in the Poll:day old chicks or hatching eggs.
    Hatching eggs is so exciting. When the start to break through the whole family comes together around the incubator.
    Day old chicks you get exactly what you want. If you want a certain breed all hens and one rooster with thier inoculations, you can get it.

  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Day old sexed chicks is the safest way to go. You will find it very difficult to rehome excess roosters unless they are ready to eat and you don't care if they get eaten.

    It depends upon what quality bird you hope to have, Sexed chicks generally come from hatcheries and they sell hatchery quality birds.

    Very few breeders sell sexed chicks, and a lot of breeders don't ship chicks at all. If you want their birds and you don't live close enough to pick up, you buy hatching eggs.

    If hatchery quality birds meet your needs, then buy sexed chicks.

    The only 100% certain way to never get a rooster is to buy started pullets.
  6. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Well, you pay for what you want...

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