How do I sex buff orpington chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Keenonf, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Keenonf

    Keenonf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few that just hatched and I'm looking for pullets. Any ideas?
     
  2. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wait a while, if one lays an egg... its a hen [​IMG]
     
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  3. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh boy! Here they come with the "sure-fire" ways to sex your babies! I like the one the most that said to put a remote control and a cell phone in with the babies. [​IMG] Girls will go for the phone..... you get the rest! [​IMG] On a more serious note, not sure how soon you need to determine the sex, but between 3-4 weeks (I have 12 buff orpingtons - 11 pullets, 1 rooster), my rooster's comb definitely started getting a darker red and split. That's when we decided to rename "Missy" to "Ernie"! [​IMG] It was a good call. [​IMG] Ernie is now 8 weeks old and definitely my only buff rooster. I don't know any way to sex the chicks earlier - I'm too much of a newbie myself! Good luck and enjoy your babies!
     
  5. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spread the wings, longer feathers = pullet
     
  6. Keenonf

    Keenonf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll post pictures in a day or two so that I can get all of your opinions.
     
  7. hollyandty

    hollyandty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpingtons are easy to sex at a day to three days old. I have used feather sexing on mine and had a 95% accuracy rate for the last 2 years. Watch this video They show very clear pics of the feathers to look at.
     
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  8. laughingdog52

    laughingdog52 Out Of The Brooder

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    The video is very helpful in sexing chicks-explains alot. UTube always surprises me. I bookmarked the site-also ones on butchering for later. Thanks for the reference. [​IMG]
     
  9. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link! I'm going to get a couple Buff chicks next week, and can't have any roosters. [​IMG]
     
  10. iokra

    iokra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the video was very cruel. Don't watch it if you are an animal lover. I could not watch to the end
     

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