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how do i know if a baby chick is a cockeral or a pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chicken Dave, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Chicken Dave

    Chicken Dave In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2008
    Tyngsborough, MA
    I just hatched out new hampshire red chicks(my first time hatching eggs) and i was wondering how i can tell if the chicks are cockerals or pullets. I bought all my other chickens knowing the sex. Can anyone help me?

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2008

  2. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    There's a video at youtube about sexing newly hatched chicks. I don't have a link for you, but search for "dirty jobs mcmurray hatchery" and that ought to find it. It's part of an episode of Dirty Jobs on TLC or Discovery...

    I think it only works before they've eaten though, but don't quote me on that.

    Otherwise, I can't help you. Good luck!
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    With the non-sex-linked breeds you wait a few weeks till the combs and wattles on the cockerels start developing faster than the ones on the pullets. Then, as a true BYCer, you post photos and ask for everyone's opinions.

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