Is it true that you can sex a chick at 3 days old?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by disco chick, May 12, 2009.

  1. disco chick

    disco chick Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    I heard that you can sex a chick at 3 days old by their wings it this true and if so how do you do it. Please help because I would need to do it today.
  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    It only works if they are bred for it, so they need a rooster with a slow feathering gene as a father and a mother with the fast feathering gene.
    If they are not bred for it wont work.
    Only breeds I know of specifically bred for wing sexing are Meatbirds and commercial white leghorns.

    You basically look at how many rows of wing feathers there are, if there is one row of same lenght feathers its a cockerel and if there are 2 distinctly different lenght rows of feathers its a pullet.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    What breed? I can sex Barred Rocks as soon as they are dried off after hatching, but by color and headspot, not wing feathers--they have to be bred especially for that.

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