New to hatching chickens, does anyone know how to sex them from birth?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by friskebluegills, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. friskebluegills

    friskebluegills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, We are are hatching some chicks and people want only hens. They are only a couple days old and we don't know what to tell them.
    Thanks
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would love to know this as well....
     
  3. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a few ways to sex chicks.

    1. Vent sexing - extremely difficult and takes years of practice usually done by professionals
    2. Wing sexing - it has to be a breed that has different length pin feathers for males and females (can't recall which breeds do)
    3. Sex link - hybrid breed that hatches different color down for males and females (there's a stickie in the breeds section that tells you how to make a sex link)

    Otherwise, it's just the wait and see method!
     
  4. le neige homme

    le neige homme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds you can, some you can't.

    What breeds are you working with?
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    There are many methods "invented" by different people, but when hatching at home, I don't offer any guarantees on sex. If you try sexing them and you are wrong, you can bet that they will be calling you if you are wrong.
     
  6. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you're an expert (and if you are, you probably work for a hatchery) you are better off selling them as "straight run". Plus, even the experts are wrong on occasion. [​IMG]
     
  7. friskebluegills

    friskebluegills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. We are working with Buff Orpingtons and Barred Rocks, we also have some blue giant cochins.
     

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