How to vent sex chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by blaundee, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    How do you vent sex chicks? What breeds does it work best on?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Get hired by a hatchery and have an expert teach you. And you will still only be 90% accurate.

    A few breeds can be color or feather sexes but most chickens have to be vent sexed.
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    yep, on waterfowl, It's easy, there are sticky thread in the duck section about it, but for's nearly impossible.. takes loads of training and a magnifying glass to accomplish. This is why, outside of waterfowl, most chicks are sold as straight run. Quite a few large fowl breeds can be color or feather sexed, females feather out quicker and are usually born with the tips of the fight feathers already coming in, where males will be just pin feathered. after day 1 though, this technique is hard to do as the males will start to open up by then. And it is breed dependant as well.

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