How To Sex A Baby Chick When Hatched

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 2txmedics, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Ok I started hatching last night and its a first for me!!! Im so excited...so I got to thinking how am I gonna tell what I have...well I did a internet search and found this, I sure hope it helps others:

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    It's not really easy. Some birds you can tell just by the wing feathers. But, you have to know exactly what breed you have, and what the traits are....

    Easiest way (and it isn't foolproof) is to flip the bird over. Gently use a finger to pull the skin away from the vent, moving towards the belly. You have to be careful, or you can cause the bird injury.

    A female will have a dull pink flat spot. A male will have a shiny bump. Don't bet that you'll get it right every time, but it can give you a pretty good start.
    3 years ago

    IM GONNA TRY IT SOON...."DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MARK A BABY CHICK WITH SOMETHING THAT WONT HURT IT? IM WANTING TO MARK MY CHICKS AS THEY HATCH SO I KNOW WHAT I HAVE...NAIL POLISH?...MARKER??? ANY IDEAS???
     
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  2. sethsleader

    sethsleader Songster

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    Ive ordered 2gold laced 2 lavender and 2 black orpington eggs and was wondering how to sex them when/if they hatch.

    Thanks for your post.[​IMG]
     
  3. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    NO PROBLEM...I just did a search online...I was wondering myself...lol...last time when we bought pullets I ended up with 7roos!!!! and Im having to keep them seperate as they fight...hence...7 hens...and now 24wks later "3" coops!!! lol, and now Im hatching as of last night!!!! have 32 eggs in bator
     
  4. cockadoodle

    cockadoodle Songster

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    You could pick up a bag of 1/4 inch leg bands.. kind of like the first item in this list. Maybe just band the boys or just the girls?

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/leg_bands.html

    Just make sure you ugrade to the bigger ones before their legs get constricted.

    There is a youtube video out there showing the 'feather method' for sexing the chicks. Have to do it pretty much the day they are born I've heard. I wouldn't do vent sexing, just my opinion but not worth the risk unless you're a pro. Me personally, theres no reason to not just wait a month or 2 for some real traits to start appearing.
     
  5. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

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    Yikes! Sounds kind of scary to me. I'd be too afraid that I'd hurt the tiny little chick! But then again, I'm pretty inexperienced still.
     
  6. aqhaktberry3

    aqhaktberry3 Songster

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    I'm new to all this too but I read in a book that you can mark them with a crayola marker. They said to NEVER use the color red because they will peck at it. In the picture shown they used a plain crayola blue marker. Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  7. SpunkyTheMonkey

    SpunkyTheMonkey King of the Intardnets

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    those instructions suck. first, you have to gently squeeze the abdomen to get them to poop (or you can't see inside the vent) then your going to need 2 fingers to open the vent...you kinda roll it back and forth....search for a better explanation or a video, i have a crying baby on my shoulder...

    if you're too rough you can injure or even kill them and vent sexing n00bs like us will still get a lot of them wrong anyway. i wouldn't do it.

    you might be able to feather sex or color sex them if you know exactly what you're hatching (what the mum & dad were)...
     
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