How do you sex a chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by daniel-delarosa, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Songster

    Dec 14, 2010
    Seminole, Oklahoma
    I have 9 Buff Orphington chicks that are about three weeks old. I was wondering how to tell which are males so I could get rid of them. Also, how long till I can put them with the rest of the flock?
  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    This sounds like it needs to be in the "What Breed or Gender" section. [​IMG]

    The cockerels will grow alot slower than the hens, they will also have large legs, where as the pullets will have small, slender legs. The cockerels will also develope a big comb and wattles. You will also start to noticed shiney feathers all over their body, and their tails are long, shiney, and flowing.

    Once they're fully feathered and no longer need their heat lamp, they can join the flock.

    Hope this helps.

    ~ Aspen [​IMG]
  3. OwlLover

    OwlLover Alaskan Wanderer

    Aug 25, 2011
    A male's tail feathers tend to be MUCH shorter than a female's.
  4. chickchicks

    chickchicks Songster

    Jul 28, 2011
    warrington uk
    mine are about a week and i have no clue ! they live with mum at the moment imjsut waitingto here that dreaded noise of a male then ill know [​IMG]

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