How early are you able to sex chicks?

black_cat

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I'm trying to get some bantam chickens, and am trying to buy locally from someone instead of ordering from a hatchery. Therefore, the chicks won't really come pre-sexed. I'm not able to have roosters where I live, but was wondering how early you're able to sex chicks, without doing the thing with the vent and such?
 

Aunt Angus

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Research auto sexing breeds! Do yourself a HUGE favor and do not just get straight run birds. You WILL end up with boys, and then you will be heartbroken when you gave to rehome them.
 

black_cat

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Research auto sexing breeds! Do yourself a HUGE favor and do not just get straight run birds. You WILL end up with boys, and then you will be heartbroken when you gave to rehome them.
I would do that, but it is harder to find sexed bantam chicks. I'm going to get in touch with the people selling them and ask about sexing, but I'd be rather safe than sorry
 

Aunt Angus

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I ended up with my boy from a feed store. I CAN have roosters, but a neighbor complained, so the county said he had to go. Now Picotee is a house rooster. He is currently crowing in my ear.
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And, btw, black cats are my favorite! Love your user name!!!
 

hysop

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I ended up with my boy from a feed store. I CAN have roosters, but a neighbor complained, so the county said he had to go. Now Picotee is a house rooster. He is currently crowing in my ear.
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And, btw, black cats are my favorite! Love your user name!!!

Why do people not like rooster crows? I love em!
 

Overo Mare

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Most of the time you can get a pretty good idea by 5-6 weeks with bantams. There are exceptions to that rule of course.

See if you can find started pullets. For "insurance" purposes, you can post photos here before purchasing and we'll try our best to confirm that they're pullets.
 

Aunt Angus

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Why do people not like rooster crows? I love em!
I don't know. But this is only temporary. We are moving to a county that not only allows roosters, but encourages farming! When you buy a house there, you have to sign a form acknowledging that you may be subject to "discomfort" due to noise associated with farming! LOVE IT.

32 days until our house purchase closes....
 

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