how to feather sex chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cowman910, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i was wondering how to feather sex chicks if you can include pics that would be great!
    thanks,
    mike
     
  2. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Kind of a long video but there is a close up of the feathers that the workers use to identify male from female. I had 4 chicks and used this method. It works. On day one I knew I had 2 females and 2 males. The older they get the harder it is to tell.

     
  3. aalbury

    aalbury Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Em gee. So rough looking. Mine are handled like glass! Maybe I could relax a touch eh?

    One of mine has all long, but 2 - only 2 shorter ones....still a boy?
     
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    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is correct it does not always work the genetics must be in place. Not 100% sure it is a sex link. The breeds that are sexable may breed true but I dont think so. Someone will know. I think it is a sex link as well
     
  6. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Ok... That was interesting, but now I know I'll never buy any chickens from a commercial hatchery! I can't believe they don't hurt the chicks - it looks so rough. Of course DH thought it looked like oodles of fun to be one of those chicks [​IMG] Is this the only easy way to sex the chicks, or is there a way to sex chicks that aren't cross bred the correct way?
     
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes there is vent sexing but the number of people that can do that with any degree of accruacy is very limited. It takes years of training and practice. In large part it is a family trade, that is passed down from one generation to the next. I was in a large hatchery many years ago and there was three generations in there vent sexing. Each person could do hundreds per hour with 90+ percent accuracy.
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Yes it is a sex link cross , will only work with the first cross, just like some do with the color sexlink.
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Nice video , only thing they dont tell you is these are a sex link feature. Those were cornish X rock cross. Father has to be a fast feathering bird the mother a slow feather bird, thus a cross.

    Someone post one sexing other chicks that way, not true. Reason hatchiers have people vent sexing, all non sexlink chicks.
     
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Check this video on vent sexing,cant belive how fast they can sex them, note the cup for the poop. I would be lucky to do 10 an hour. They must get payed by the chick.........



     

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