sexing 4 week old chick question

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

  1. chairboy

    chairboy In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    North central PA
    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 Songster

    May 9, 2011
    Murfreesboro TN
    Sorry to hear about the loss
  3. bluesmom

    bluesmom In the Brooder

    May 21, 2011
    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 In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2012
    [​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 In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2012
    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 Songster

    Apr 10, 2012
    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

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

    what did I do Songster

    Apr 10, 2012
    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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