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SEXING BABY CHICKS, INFO FROM U TUBE VIDEO

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DonnaBelle, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just watched a very interesting video on UTube about a hatchery. It shows a worker sexing baby chicks by holding out the wing with his thumb and looking at the feathers splayed out. If the feathers are two different lengths, long and short, it's a female.

    If the feathers are all the same length, the chick is a male.
    VERY INTERESTING. Has anyone had success using this method or are the chicks too old by the time we get them from the hatchery??
    I am eagerly awaiting my first bunch from Ideal Hatchery on March 11.

    I love this chicken stuff.

    Donna Belle
     
  2. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw that video too and have made a note as to the feathers on my newly hatched chicks. I'll have to see what time determines. [​IMG]
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Elyria, OH
    Only certain breeds can be feather-sexed from what I understand. The most accurate way to do it is by vent sexing. I just can't seem to figure out how they do that! [​IMG]
     
  4. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is specific to dominant gene K . The chicks have to be selectively bred to be sexed that way. They are hybrids called sexlinks and can be sexed by color or feather.
     
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  5. beginnerchick08

    beginnerchick08 Out Of The Brooder

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    i saw a post awhile ago on here talking about if you pick up the chicks and turn them on their back after they get done squiggling they relax and supposedly if its a male one leg sticks straight out and if its a female none go out. i could be wrong about that but i remember reading about it. i wish i could find that thread again.
     
  6. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Quote:I did that last year with all my chicks, out of a total of 11 chicks, I ended up with 2 roos that I thought were girls. I though I did pretty well, but of course it isn't 100% accurate..lol.
     
  7. chickenrunnin

    chickenrunnin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys this is a great video on youtube. Mike Roe off dirty job did it. Its McMurrays Hatchery [​IMG]

     
  8. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Poor Babies!! What a start!
     
  9. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you tell sex by vent, heard it few times but never asked so here goes???

    Quote:
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    They squeeze the babies til the poop squirts out, then look at the vent. You're supposed to be able to see little bumps. I don't have my notes handy, but I think if you see bumps it's a male, and if there's no bumps it's a female. I never even got as far as squirting poop [​IMG]
     

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