how can you sex day old chicks?

Bantam girls

In the Brooder
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Mar 9, 2009
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I understand that if you look at the two rows of feathers on the bottom of the wing you can tell. If both rows are the same, male if different lengths, female. That is what I was told and showed today by a poultry farmer. Not sure though.
 

ysandoz

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Mar 22, 2009
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HI,
I'm new here to this and new at raising chickens. I never have had new babie chicks. Today we bought 6 Aracaunas and they didn't know if they were boy or girls. I would love it if anyone could tell me what to look for. Also I am hoping to buy some white Orpingtons this next week. What should I look for if I want layers?
Thanks sooo much,
 

UrbanFarmChix

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10 Years
Mar 7, 2009
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this came up a bit ago
Excellent Article on Sexing Day Old Chicks...inc Vent Sexing
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=136663
The wing tip signifier only works on breeds that have been bred for it.
There was also a "dirty Jobs" that covered it uber quickly.
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4g_WCmznW4
part
2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cx2m3stGKk&feature=related
and
then for later id "Seperating the Pullets from the Cockerels"
another article:
http://successwithpoultry.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-tell-sex-of-chicks.html
I'd like to learn too, but I think I'd need to be taught in person.
 

chickenlove2009

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Feb 5, 2009
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Quote:That only works if they are bred for it, not on all breeds.

I learned a way and i have not been wrong so far.

hold a chick in the palm of your hand belly up use your other hand to keep them from moving. when they stop squirming remove your hand that you were using to hold them in place. if they immediately try to get up they are roos if they lay there(or fall asleep) they are hens.
 

aberfitch

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Mar 24, 2008
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Quote:That only works if they are bred for it, not on all breeds.

I learned a way and i have not been wrong so far.

hold a chick in the palm of your hand belly up use your other hand to keep them from moving. when they stop squirming remove your hand that you were using to hold them in place. if they immediately try to get up they are roos if they lay there(or fall asleep) they are hens.

i will try that!
 

prncssprplfrog

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Jun 12, 2009
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hold a chick in the palm of your hand belly up use your other hand to keep them from moving. when they stop squirming remove your hand that you were using to hold them in place. if they immediately try to get up they are roos if they lay there(or fall asleep) they are hens.

Has anyone else successfully tried this?
The chicks that I bought were all st run bantams except my partridge cochin pullets. The cochins just layed there docile. I only had 3 feistily try and get up...

They're only 4-5 days old... I could see the little roos having attitude enough to not want to put up with being flipped on their backs...


*new chickie mama
Jenn in CNY​
 

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