male or female

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by soimcrazy, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. soimcrazy

    soimcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    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?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    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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    soimcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought these last week so they cant be more than a couple of weeks old.
     

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