male or female


In the Brooder
12 Years
May 10, 2007
Dinwiddie Virginia
how do you tell a male chick from a female chick?

I only have females that I bought from the local feed store, well, I think theyre all females. I don't have any males to compare them to. I don't think it would be as easy or obvious to determine the sex of a young chick compared to a dog or cat.

Any pictures showing what to look for?


Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
Everett WA/Corvallis OR
How old are the chicks? As day olds they are usually vent or feather sexed if they are bred for that purpose. With sexing, you have about a 10% chance of a boy when you order girls. Secondary sex characteristics such as reddening of combs and larger body size will start to show at about 6 weeks and be very apparent by 3-4 months old when they start to spur and learn they are male.

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