How can I tell what sex my chicks are?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sarahbethk, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

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    When my chicks hatch (Sat or Sun) how will I know if they are boys or girls?
    They will be welsummer/white leghorn mixes.... or possibly leghorn/barred rock mixes but my Welsummer roo is the Alpha so I am assuming he will be the daddy.
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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My DH, an ex-commercial chicken farmer, is sitting behind me and he's awful chatty tonight. I read your question outloud to him and he said to "look under their tail". I've [​IMG] him for you. [​IMG]

    With sex linked chicks, you can tell by the color at hatch. Easy, except you're not dealing with sex links. With breeds bred to be wing-sexed, you can tell by checking the growth pattern of the wing feathers. You're not dealing with chicks bred to be feather-sexed.

    That leaves two options. Watch for the secondary sex characteristics to develop between 4 to 6 weeks or wait for a crow or an egg.

    With a batch of chicks from the same parents, or breeds of parents, the secondary sex char. should be semi-easy. Here's what to look for:

    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
    2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.


    Good luck with your hatch! [​IMG]
     

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