1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How do i know if a baby chick is a boy or a girl ?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nancyy, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. nancyy

    nancyy New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Sep 30, 2007
    Give me some hellpp pleasee [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well... unless its sex lined or bred specially for feather sexing, the only way is to vent sex, and professionals with years of training can still get that wrong... Really, for the average person it is wait and look for secondary sex characteristics.
     
  3. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    412
    5
    141
    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Unfortunately yes. Unless it's a sex link you have to wait 8-12 weeks or so and see how the saddle feathers, comb and wattles are coming in. Even then it's a crapshoot sometimes. No sure way until they crow or lay!


    I was blindsided myself just this morning when my 12 week old silkie "hen" Marsha began crowing! [​IMG]
     
  4. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    1,881
    10
    171
    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    You will know when she crows, that she is a he. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    11,744
    14
    321
    Apr 6, 2007
    Iceland
    Flip a coin. You have a 50% chance of being correct. [​IMG]
     
  6. wclawrence

    wclawrence Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been wanting to say this for a while. If it is a duckwing bird with no Db you can tell as early as three weeks by looking at the BREAST FEATHERS. Males have black and females have salmon.
     
  7. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

    990
    4
    151
    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Quote:Hate it when that happens ! [​IMG]
     
  8. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Our neighbors usualy let us know!
     
  9. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Chillin' With My Peeps

    289
    1
    141
    Sep 3, 2007
    Central NY
    Quote:Oh no!! Does that make it 6 for 6? *laughs* mpc really screwed that one up!! [​IMG] (NOt that its really funny, but.. lol )
     
  10. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    412
    5
    141
    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Out of 6 silkies, 5 are roos!!! [​IMG]

    It's a good thing you didn't take the "other" hen after all Petra! That was Marsha!

    3 still got to go. I just don't have anyplace to send them.

    Marsha is now Marshall.

    ETA I love the name you gave my rooster! How is he doing?
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2007

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by