old timer method of sexing babies?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newnanchic, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    I read this thread and now I can't find it... does anyone still have it?? was it the females with legs down and males with legs up?? I am going to the feed store tommorow can ya tell I am getting ready??
     
  2. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Here it Is My wife and I were at the local feed store checking on their new chickens when we were taught a very interesting trick from an old-timer. He says you can hold the chicks up by the scruff of the neck (like you'd hold a baby kitten) and let their feet dangle. He says the males will pull their legs up while the females will always leave their legs dangling.

    So we put it to the test. They had some chickens already sexed and we started experimenting, and sure enough the males would raise their feet up and the females would keep them dangling down.

    I had never read about this technique online so I thought I'd share the wisdom. I don't know how old the chickens have to be or if it's only certain breeds but it seemed to work on the 3-6 day old chicks from several different breeds.
     
  3. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Sounds strange but I think I'll try it too!
     
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    do you hold them by their head or their fluff on their neck?
     
  5. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    It says "scruff of the neck", but in my opinion they don't have much of a scruff!
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    If it works that means I have a female japanese! yeah

    2 out of 3 male leghorns

    and a bunch of female seramas

    huh!
     
  7. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    just called my local feed store and they have baby chics in tody!!!They have bared rock in and next Thursday they are getting RIR and a bannnie assortment for $2.30each........... I am there!!!
     
  8. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Thank you for re-posting this for me!!!![​IMG]:
     
  9. yates-chicks

    yates-chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    i had an old timer come by today and he showed me the trick ,, but he picked them up by thier heads and the rooster was the one that was kickin his feet and the hens where still
    so now i'm confussed ,, which is right ,,,,
    if it is the way ya'll said then i got 16 roosters and 3 hens lol
     
  10. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    This is beginning to sound violent! lol!
     

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