How To Sex A Chicken - Wisdom From An Old Timer

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RyanAndMeri, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. RyanAndMeri

    RyanAndMeri In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2007
    My wife and I were at the local feed store checking on their new chickens when we were taught a very interesting trick from an old-timer. He says you can hold the chicks up by the scruff of the neck (like you'd hold a baby kitten) and let their feet dangle. He says the males will pull their legs up while the females will always leave their legs dangling.

    So we put it to the test. They had some chickens already sexed and we started experimenting, and sure enough the males would raise their feet up and the females would keep them dangling down.

    I had never read about this technique online so I thought I'd share the wisdom. I don't know how old the chickens have to be or if it's only certain breeds but it seemed to work on the 3-6 day old chicks from several different breeds.
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  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I have heard of this before. Never tried it. Some will say it is just an old wives tale while others feel it works. Much like getting six chicken breeders in the same room and asking them a question. You will get six diverse responses.
  3. Cheekon

    Cheekon Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    That would be a grate way to tell what sex of chicks i'm getting from the feed store. I hope it works.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Oh yes...I had a guy do this for me once at a his method I grew out 5 cockerals and 3 pullets [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. chickfillhay

    chickfillhay Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Berlin Nh
    Quote:...Was gonna try it on my chicks until...............Read this and,
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  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Has anyone seen the device on ebay? it shows you the sex of any breed. Has anyone bought that?
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    True story!!
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Studies have shown that that method IS 100% accurate. Seriously...

    With a +/- 50% margin of error. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
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  9. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    is this anything like the one where you hold the baby's by the feet and hang them upside down?

    males will curl up and females would just kinda hang there with the wings spread open

    I tried it and I came home with 1 roo 2 pullets

    a few months later tried it on the 20 chicks I ordered - well the babies did not get the memo on how they were to hang - the ones that hung down one day would curl the next - out of the 5 banty's I ordered I got 4 roos 1 hen - [​IMG]

    oh well back to the drawing board

  10. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    LOL loved +- 50 margin error. Perfect.

    Whenever people tell you tips like that, just ask yourself.. why do the hatcheries NOT use those methods? Sure would save them a lot of money if those tips really were that correct and effective..

    No, the hatcheries being ignorant is not an answer.. they have heard of and probably tried everything under the sun.. after all they need to make a profit..
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