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Male or female chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chargerpride, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. chargerpride

    chargerpride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2014
    How can i know if week old chicks are male or female
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2014
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    There really is no way to know at that young age. The only way you could know would be if you had an autosexing breed, like crested cream legbars, or if you had red or black sex links. You could also breed for feather sexing, or you could get chicks that were vent sexed. There are also some breeds that have a correlation between certain color characteristics and sex, i.e. female welsummer chicks tend to have thicker 'eye liner' around their eyes than males, but this is not definite. Outside of these things, there is no way to tell at a week old, they are just too young.

    Oh, and :welcome!
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    They are straight run chicks right? I have good luck guessing sex by simply looking at them and leg size. Males have larger legs, upright stance. With a group of straight run to compare them all you'll be pretty accurate.
  4. chargerpride

    chargerpride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2014
    Yes they are straight run and thanks

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