I have 2 questions, any one else heard this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coyotesmommy, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    I have 2 questions.
    1. I have heard that when a chick is about 2 or 3 days old you can tell if it is a hen or a rooster by the pen feathers on it's wings. If they are all straight and even it will be a rooster, if it is odd and uneven then you have a hen. But you can only do this right after they start feathering. Has anyone else heard this?

    2. After I have figured out the sex I want to put bands on the legs of the roosters, any idea on what to use? Zip tie, rubber band?
  2. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    I have heard of examining the feathers, but I don't know if there is any validity to it.

    As far as marking males/females, if they're too small for the smallest sized leg bands (intended for that use), then I don't know if it'd be a good idea to mark them. A zip tie or sturdy rubber band would probably be okay so long as they couldn't break or potentially ingest any of it AND it was loose fitting and did not restrict blood flow at all. Just remember to check them often to make sure they don't get too tight, because chicks grow amazingly fast.
  3. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    I use the feather sexing technique & so far it has worked out pretty well for me. I use tiny zip ties on their legs & check them often to make sure they aren't getting tight on their legs.
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    You can get colored zip ties at Lowe's or Home Depot. With those you can use different colored to distinguish breeds, male/female. I'd be wary of rubber bands, though. And make sure you don't make zip ties too tight.
  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    I think that sexing by pin feathers alone wprks better for some breeds than for others. I also recall that the feature to look for in pin feathers is different for different breeds. Experienced sexers will use a combination of traits, like feathering, leg color, and vent sexing. Let us know your batting average!

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