How do you determine sex of new chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dmsalle, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. dmsalle

    dmsalle New Egg

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    I'm new here so forgive me if this has been discussed over and over again. My question is ..............is there a way to determine the sex of new born chicks? Do you have to wait for a period of time or can you have a pretty good idea shortly after hatching. I'm all ears. Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. JamesA

    JamesA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really depends on the breed of chick.Some can be sexed by color some you have to wait a few weeks to figure out.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    when they crow you know its a boy...[​IMG]..
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hello and [​IMG] !!! So glad that you have joined us!

    The only fool proof way of sexing chicks is to wait until they are 4 or 5 wks. old. If, at that point, you see red wattles start growing along with a red comb, then it will be safe to say they are going to be a rooster. The pullets/hens combs and wattles start growing and getting red much later than the roosters do. It is usually around 20 wks. or so.
     
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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Most breeds start to develop the secondary sex characteristics around 4 to 6 weeks old. Knowing what to look for then allows you to make an educated guess. Before that, it's hopeless.
     
  6. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find vent sexing a good way to sex day-old chicks.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That's cheating! You're trained in vent sexing! [​IMG]

    OT - Mik, have you cleaned out your PM box yet? I've tried three times to offer you some brahma eggs in the spring, but your box is always full. [​IMG]
     
  8. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds do you have? There are some breeds where the male and female are colored differently from birth to indicate sex. They are called Sex-Links. Other that old methods from wives tales, you'll just have to wait.

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    And be aware, this forum is VERY addictive. From this point on, most of your free time will probably be spent here. Embrace the lunacy, its easier that way. [​IMG]
     
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