How to mark sexed chickens??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by audy5000g, May 22, 2016.

  1. audy5000g

    audy5000g Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2013
    Newbie here.

    Lockdown is tomorrow. And I learned that you can sex chickens by their wings between day one and four.

    But how do you mark the chicken to know what sex it is later on and it's growth?
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Chicks can only be feather sexed if they are a specific cross. Some chicks can be sexed by feather pattern in specific strains of certain breeds. Other chicks, particularly barred or cuckoo patterns can be sexed fairly reliably, and are referred to as auto sexing. Then there are the newer mixes that are stabilized that are called auto-sexing, such as Rhode-bar, Leg-bar and similar named varieties. You will be told by many people that day old chicks can not be feather sexed unless they are a specific mix. However, when you have your own chicks hatching, it's fun to make your own observations based on subtle differences in coloring, including comb and leg color, in addition to feathering, and try to identify male vs. female. Last season, with 3 hatches, I only had one chick that did not follow a predictable pattern. (19, 22, 6 chicks)This was with chicks all fathered by the same rooster. I'm not having the same luck this year, with him crossed over his daughters. Also to add confusion to the pot, I had 2 shipments of eggs, and mixed the chicks in with mine. I tried marking my chicks with a green sharpie, but the marking wore off most of them within 24 hours.

    To get back to your original question: Many folks use zip ties or bands to mark chicks. There is also toe punching.

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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
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    Wing feather sexing is not universal (though you will often read/hear otherwise) - it is the result of a careful crossing that requires knowing the genetics of each parent bird with regard to whether they are slow or fast feathering. What breeds/crosses are you hatching?
    As for marking - you can use any number of ways - or simply separate the chicks into brooders by your best guess of sex and grow them out in gender specific groups.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    The easy way is to use a keen pocket knife and delicately split one of the webs between the toes on one foot or the other. Say split the outside web on the right foot for a gal biddy or the outside web on the left foot for a guy chick. That way there is no mistaking any marking because this way of marking peeps is permanent.
  5. audy5000g

    audy5000g Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2013
    Wow. Lots of info.

    Don't think I could knife them. I can't even pull a bad feather out.

    As for the types.

    Mostly bantams.

    Barred Cochins
    Old English
    Sebrights golden and silver.
    Rosecomb black and wheaten.

    Molten Java. No clue about this bird other then it's going extinct I guess, and the very nice lady just threw in some eggs to be nice to my son. So sweet. But no clue what to do with them when they hatch.

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