How do you sex 6 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cdeans, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. cdeans

    cdeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 50 lg. brown egg layer mixes, and I do not know how to sex them. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2008
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Out Of The Brooder

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  3. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can compare the combs, roos usually have bigger and brighter combs.
     
  4. treehouse

    treehouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have u tried the wing tip length chk
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program:
    Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

    Note: This works best when comparing chicks of the same breed.
     

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