sexing 4 week old chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chairboy, May 23, 2011.

  1. chairboy

    chairboy Out Of The Brooder

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    until two weeks ago I had 5 wonderful laying hens that had been laying for two months and a rooster. Today I only have a rooster. Over the course of 10 days a raccoon got my hens. A few days ago I got the raccoon. I am building a more secure run as I write this message.

    So here is the lead up to my question. I want to get up and running again. In my area there is a person who raised several chicks with her daughter. They are 4 week old barred rock/ Rhode Island cross (previously, I had barred rocks that I had shipped). She does not know whether they are roos or hens. I have read a little about sexing barred rocks via the color of their legs and the size of the white spot on their heads. However, since these birds are a mix and only 4 weeks old is there a way to reasonably sex them? I have not seen the birds yet and the person is a half hour away. So I have no photos.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. kiweed

    kiweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about the loss
     
  3. bluesmom

    bluesmom Out Of The Brooder

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    i sex all my chick by there feathers!!!! works like a charm for me.... some say it only works on certain breeds....but i have used this method on crosses and on bc marans and its 100% true!!!
    here is a good video
     
  4. brybellchicks

    brybellchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]please explain how to do this ..........i have 4 week old chicks the one in the pic im thinking is a roo . ??
     
  5. ashleyrae211

    ashleyrae211 Out Of The Brooder

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    This works for chicks a few days old, at 4 weeks would this still work? Most videos on this say you can't use this method after a few days.
     
  6. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking for the same answer. We hatched some chicks and sold them for delivery in about a month. My ds, 10, says you can tell by looking at the vent or maybe in the vent, I don't know as I've never seen it. He read about in a book but I don't know if it will work on older chicks.

    I thing it was something like this

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=..._uri=/watch?v=1tmEO9xRqvo&v=1tmEO9xRqvo&gl=US

    Will this work on older chicks?
     
  7. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While looking at youtube I saw this one. It is done by a kid but I think he has some good points.

     

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