How soon can you tell the sex of an ostrich?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by moonjelly, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. moonjelly

    moonjelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm noticing distinct behavioral differences in my two ostriches. It's made me wonder if I have a male/female pair. Also, one of them has much nicer plumage and feathering coming in. What's the earliest you're really able to tell?
     
  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    you could have them DNA sexed
    (I'm guessing you didn't try to vent sex them at hatch)?
     
  3. moonjelly

    moonjelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they weren't vent sexed. I'll probably DNA sex them in the future, but I was just wondering if people had any theories about the distinction as far as their behavior or appearance of plumage.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Not until they reach adulthood (at least not that I am aware of). How old are they now?.. if they are just a few months old and can be easily handled you can still vent sex them.
     
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  5. moonjelly

    moonjelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're about 3 months, but they're not easily handled at this age, they're surprisingly strong and I don't think they'd want me checking. [​IMG]

    I'll DNA sex them in a month or so and post back about if I was correct in my assumptions or not.
     
  6. bensteph821

    bensteph821 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I agree. No other way to see the difference until they are adults. I wish their was!
     

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