How can I tell on day old chicks witch one is male and female?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by arianna, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. arianna

    arianna Songster

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    I want to buy few day old chicks from TSC and want to see if I can get more females (last time I bought more than half of them male). I know there is a way you can tell them apart, but how. This are bantams chicks.
     
  2. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

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    There is a video on you tube that shows how to do it, if you go there, search for hatcheries. But it is for standards mostly, I am not sure if it can be done on bantams? dont know why it wouldnt work.

    I do also know that it can only be done for a short time after they hatch, once they are out for a bit, the feathers even out.

    Good Luck.

    A~
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I saw that video but didn't bookmark it [​IMG]

    Basically you are looking at their wing feathers from the last joint to the tip to see if there's one or two 'layers' of feathers.
    Like if it's a girl: lilili
    and a boy: llllll

    I think it works better on 2 day olds but never older than 3 days. This is why they don't do it at hatcheries, because they are shipped out at 1 day old or less.

    I tried it on my 5 that hatched a week ago and some were really hard to tell, others were perfectly clear. It'll be a while before I know if it worked though, obviously hehe.
     

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