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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Keenonf, Jul 14, 2010.
I have a few that just hatched and I'm looking for pullets. Any ideas?
wait a while, if one lays an egg... its a hen
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. Girls will go for the phone..... you get the rest! 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"! It was a good call. 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!
Spread the wings, longer feathers = pullet
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll post pictures in a day or two so that I can get all of your opinions.
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.
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.
Thanks for the link! I'm going to get a couple Buff chicks next week, and can't have any roosters.
the video was very cruel. Don't watch it if you are an animal lover. I could not watch to the end