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How do you sex 6 week old chicks?

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

  1. cdeans

    cdeans Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    Elkton, MD
    I have about 50 lg. brown egg layer mixes, and I do not know how to sex them. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Last edited: Nov 28, 2008
  2. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    You can compare the combs, roos usually have bigger and brighter combs.
  3. treehouse

    treehouse Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    North Dallas
    have u tried the wing tip length chk
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    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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