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how do you tell in 6-8 week chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mommy9994, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I've been told that you can tell gender at 6-8 weeks. Can anyone explain how? Pictures would be wonderful too. Or just direct me to where I can find this info. Thank you
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Alot of the time the ability to ID is due to a persons experience over time with certain breeds. Sometimes it is also a sex link characteristic. There really isn't a trick to it or a way to teach someone. You have to get your exprience in the trenches and know what to look for.

    For example, speckedhen raises blue orpingtons and barred rocks. She knows those breeds well and with her trained eye she is able to give you identity keys to help determine the sex.

    For the most part, unless it is a sex link characteristic you have to learn to read the body form and language to form an educated guess until such time it becomes obvious based on feathering, combs, wattles, behavior etc.

    It would be nice if there was an easier way to do it.
  3. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I personally think that all male critters should have a dinkie right on thier tummies like a dog!

    Guess I'll just have to wait a few weeks and post some pics huh? What a shame, because I can tell that people here don't like chicken pictures
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I second the "dinkie" thing...LOL Would make this chicken sexing thing so much easier!
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I have one I know is a boy, and he is only 2 weeks old. He had a bout with pasty butt that lasted for days. Twice a day he had to sit on a warm wet pater towel, get his fanny cleaned and then get olive oil rubbed on his butt. When I told people at work what I had to do to treat pasty butt, all of the women said, "Yuck!" and all of the men said "Wow, olive oil wiped on the butt, that sounds great!" The chick actually seemed to enjoy getting cleaned and having oil smeared on. Therefore, I believe he will be a rooster. He actually seems to be upset when I hold him now and don't smear the oil on anymore.
  6. kurby

    kurby Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    Yip horsejody it's a boy... no need to go any further! [​IMG]
  7. mangled

    mangled Songster


  8. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    "Wow, olive oil wiped on the butt, that sounds great!"

    um, yuck LOL

    My 4 year old daughter is smarter than I am! she told me "I know which ones are boys and which are girls!" I asked her how to tell-- "You watch 'em, if they lay a egg, it's a girl" LOL, she has more patience than I do!​
  9. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    Quote:Combs, wattles, dinkies. HAHA

    Consider the visuals folks.. Imagine what a roo would look like running around with a dinkie. LMBO!

    Edited to add: Gives new meaning to "Chicken Nuggets"
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2008

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