I have heard you can sex day old chicks... Advice please....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by teresa-78, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. teresa-78

    teresa-78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I have 2 broodys sitting on a total of 16 eggs between them.. I want to keep a cockerel and some hens, my parents
    also want some hens. Is there a way to sex day old chicks? if so how is it done... or is it best to wait until they are older....

    Any advice greatly appreciated [​IMG]
     
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used this technique with pretty good results.

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  3. Treegod

    Treegod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with BlackBart. Feather growth is faster on pullets than cockerels. Usually I wait until a week until I'm really sure, at least until I can develop a "professional eye" [​IMG]

    But I've also heard it might not apply to all chicken breeds.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    What breed are they? Some breeds like Barred Rocks, Welsummers, Golden Cuckoo Marans, can be sexed at hatch fairly accurately.
     
  5. teresa-78

    teresa-78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think 4 are orbington x.. not sure what with... and the other 12 are cuckoo marans x warrens..... well thats if they hatch lol [​IMG]
     

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