How old before you can tell sexes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Giddyup, May 6, 2009.

  1. Giddyup

    Giddyup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We bought straight run...crossing fingers. Is there a typical age for when you can tell? Either by crow, feathers or vent sexing (messy ick)? Does it matter on the breed?
     
  2. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard when they lay or cock-a-doodle doo...but I'm pretty sure there has to be a way sooner then that! Can't wait to hear what others say!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Usually they start developing combs on the cockerels, sometimes as early as 2-3 weeks, but generally you can tell by a month or so.



    Sometimes it's a toss up until they crow or lay an egg though [​IMG]

    Go start looking at pictures on the "what breed or gender is this" section of the forum and get a feel for what the youngins look like.
     
  4. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on chicks one to three days old you can sex about 90% accuracy by wing feathers. If the primary and secondary are the same length it is a cockerel, if the primary is longer than the secondary then it's a pullet.
     
  6. Giddyup

    Giddyup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That would definately be good news [​IMG]
     

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