need help with my chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by azzamc, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. azzamc

    azzamc Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have some chicks this morning they hatched and I'm wondering when is the best time so sex them and how do I sex them
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless they are sex-linked or barred chicks, you're gonna have to wait a while, usually several weeks.
     
  3. egg-cellent

    egg-cellent Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been raising chickens for years and I still can't tell which is which, unless they are sex-link or I wait until they are about 4 to 6 weeks old. But if you find out. Please let us know.
     
  4. azzamc

    azzamc Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you find out at 4 to 6 weeks old ?
     
  5. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depending on the breed, generally comb size and color is the easiest way, some roos might start showing saddle feathers around then as well.
     
  6. egg-cellent

    egg-cellent Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can usually tell by the comb. What they Dingo said...lol
     
  7. AnimalLover345

    AnimalLover345 New Egg

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    Gently grab their necks and pick them up. If their legs are up:pullets. If down:Cockerel Goog Luck!! :)
     
  8. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vent sex but it's not something that can be explained you really need to be shown the difference and even then its not perfect
     
  9. AnimalLover345

    AnimalLover345 New Egg

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    Oh and you can tell at day one. Even though it's not very easy...
    -Owner of 18 Chickens , 3 dogs , 2 cats , 5 Bullfrog Tadpoles , and , 7 Horses-​
     
  10. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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