Male or Female?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by youngchickgirl, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. youngchickgirl

    youngchickgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2014
    Dunlap Il
    Okay, so I have a little coop with a small amount of chickens. I am incubating some eggs right now and they just have three more days! How exciting! What is making me nervous is if I get any boys. From what I have learned from searching the internet, I have picked up that when the chicks are a few days old you can look at their wings to tell the gender. What do I look for? This is going to be my first time being with the chicks right after they hatch because I got my first chickens at 2 weeks old so their wings were more developed.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hate to be a naysayer but if ANY of these "how to tell sex at an early age," wisdoms were accurate NO ONE would be stuck with nearly adult pullets that morph into roosters.

    If you check out the Buy,sell,trade forum you will see mostly roosters for sale - some sellers will not allow you to buy pullets/hens unless you take a (free) rooster. There is a section for free animals in need of rehoming. Again check how many roosters are being offered.

    Lurk on any threads here and see how many people are lamenting being STUCK with a majority of cockerels hatching.

    Hatcheries tuck in "packing peanuts ," which end up being free males that can't be disposed of as easily as the real Styrofoam.

    Your best bet would be to buy sex links - certain mixes that yield females or males as being a particular color. For instance red sex links would be pullets. If not that, buy breeds at "point of lay," - females just about to begin laying.

    In silkies and some other breeds that can't be sexed early - you wait till it crows or lays eggs. Some sellers will sell "sexed" chicks for a higher price and yet people still get stuck with males. [​IMG]
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  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Big X2

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you onboard with us [​IMG]
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Some breeds can be feather sexed quite easily (they tell me), others not so much. I've only tried it once and then my "hen" started crowing, so rather listen to the experts here:

    (Scroll down a bit for the informative posts and links)

    Best of luck with your hatch!
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    If you are incubating eggs, at some point (you won't be able to stop) you will end up with some males. The best thing is to plan for that now, and if you really can't handle it, throw out all the eggs before they hatch and only buy sex linked pullet chicks. Of course you don't want to do that now!

    Generally, you can give away roosters for free on Craigslist (or similar). You probably will suspect that most of these are going to be eaten, and that is probably right, so you should make peace with that now. It's part of the package deal with hatching chicks.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Unfortunately, wing sexing only works with a few breeds, and even then, it isn't always accurate. Unless your chicks are sex-linked, you probably won't know whether they are male or female until they reach (at least) 6-8 weeks of age. By then, the males will have larger, redder combs and may be developing more flashy coloring on their bodies.

    Good luck with your hatch!
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Good luck with all your hatchings and enjoy BYC!
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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