How do they tell the sex of day-old chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shrader, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody is sitting on some fertilized eggs that I bought.
    I live in the city, so we can't have any roosters.
    I'm just wondering how the hatcheries tell what sex the chicks are so early, when they send them
    I don't want to find out I have a rooster by waking up the neighborhood one morning!

    Thanks.
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
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    There's a video of it in YouTube somewhere. What they do is that trained chick sexers squirt out the poop so they don't get pooped on, then I think one gender has a spike near the vent but I'm not sure... Hang on I'll go find the link.
     
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Whoops, I lied. They do that but they ALSO feather-sex them.
     
  4. championny

    championny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I saw that video. It was filmed at Ideal Poultry. If you flip the chick and fan out its tail feathers, the females are short in the front, long in the back. The males are just the opposite.

    I think I am going to try that with my batch coming up. It seems pretty interesting.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you flip the chick and fan out its tail feathers, the females are short in the front, long in the back. The males are just the opposite.

    Not exactly. Those are the wing feathers and that only works for certain breeds, not all chicks.​
     
  6. championny

    championny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I may have to watch that again. I could be wrong.
     
  7. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you guys.
    I'd love to see a video about it.
    I'll check out youtube to see if I can find it.
     
  8. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh-KAY!
    Typing in "chick sex" and "chicken sex" in youtube brought up some videos you REAAAALLLLY don't want to see!
    Anyone have a link to the right one?
    Thanks.
     
  9. championny

    championny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here you go

     
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  10. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I thought that I could sex a day old based on the pin feathers on the wings based on that video. ... Short/long for female and all the same for males .... BUT that is only if the chicken has been breed to produce those types of feathers....and mine were not, so even though I named my little fella, Uncle Leland, he may be an Aunt Louise!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] That video showed it like you could do it with all chicks, but it's not so. I think we all wish it was.

    good luck with your hatchlings [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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