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How to sex several week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 10 point, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    I was wondering how people look at the pictures and determine the sex. specificaly what criteria do they use. I'm sick of posting pics of my chicks and i would like to know how to do it my self.
     
  2. DebbieF

    DebbieF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of the easiest ways are if there are spurs developing and hackle feathers are pointed. That's a male.
     
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    I don't want to sound stupid but whats a hackle feather
     
  4. DebbieF

    DebbieF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hackles are the feathers around the base of the neck. They are the ones that stick out when males fight.
     
  5. nicokl502

    nicokl502 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes what is that i would like to know what to look for too
     
  6. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Florida
    I call hackle feathers the "pointier" feathers at the neck and base of tail. [​IMG]
     
  7. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    thanks very much

    at what age can you expect to start seeing spurs
     
  8. DebbieF

    DebbieF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'll probably notice the hackle feathers before the spurs starting. It's been a while since I've had babies.
     

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