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How to tell if your chick is a cock or a hen!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pekin Hen, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Pekin Hen

    Pekin Hen Out Of The Brooder

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    This is such wonderfull news you wouldn't believe me!

    The other night i was watching "How it's made" on Discovery channel , when they showed how to hatch chicks. When they are hatched they must be separated , male and female , and how to separate them they look at their wings.
    If the little feathers are all the same length it's a male and if the little feathers are all diffirent sizes it's a hen!

    I hope this information helps you all!

    Annette.
     
  2. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    Very interesting! Does that apply to all breeds, or only certain ones?

    -Meghan
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It wouldn't apply to all breeds, just certain ones. Sorry, I dont recall which can be feather-sexed.
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    It it only applys to some, but there is vent, feather, and color sexing.
     
  5. Pekin Hen

    Pekin Hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Well , i'm not 100% sure but they said it can be showed in any breed.
    Annette.
     
  6. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Does the feathering sexing apply to silkies?
     
  7. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is very apparent on Silkies - try this if you ever see a bunch of Silkie chicks. You have to look at them when they are under a week old though, or the differences aren't so obvious.
     
  8. Slim

    Slim Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's some excerpts from articles realating to feather sexing. The complete article can be veiwed by clicking on the link.

    The Mother Earth News article is interesting, and explains how vent and down feather sexing is done.

    From Sexing of Day Old Chicks
    Mississsippi State University Website
    Quote:From How To Determine the Sex of Baby Chickens
    By Deborah Anderson
    October 26, 2006
    Quote:From How To Sex Day Old Chicks
    Mother Earth News Website Archive
    Original print date: May/June 1974
    Quote:Hope this helps-
    Slim
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2007

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