I feel a bit like a dumb newby to chickens when I ask this, and I guess I am. I originally posted this question on the "Dumb Question Central" but was encouraged to ask it here. So, here goes: Is it possible to sex chickens for sure before they start crowing/laying? I don't know how to vent-sex birds (I want to learn but it sounds a little gross) and I have some seven-week old chicks I'd like to sex. And what about breeds which don't have clear combes and wattles, like silkies? I usually try to work out which sex teenage birds are by how big their combes and wattles are (a fifteen-week-old rooster will have combes and wattles about the size of a twenty-five-week-old hen), but I get stumped on ones that don't have a single combe. I feel really dumb when I go into the local grain and fodder shop, which usually has an amazing selection of birds, because they're not labelled and you're just meant to KNOW what breed/sex they are. I get most of my birds from the local classifieds site because people labelled the breed and sex of your bird and don't mind you asking silly questions because you can't see it (unless you ask to go around and have a look at it!). The guys in the grain and fodder shop come across as a little disparaging when you ask a dumb question. My family have been keeping chickens since I was a toddler but we've always got POL birds so I've never had to sex them before. Since I'm planning on hatching chicks from the birds I have at the moment, I guess it's pretty important to try to sex them before they all start crowing and making my mum mad. I've noticed lots of people on BYC seem to be able to look at a picture of a really young chicks (like 2 weeks or so) and say what sex it is. How do you guys do that? It's amazing! Is sexing chickens by sight something that can be taught or is it just something I've got to learn from experience? If it's the former, can someone please teach me? from Rachel.