Sexing Baby Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rtda4, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. rtda4

    rtda4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How early can you sex a chick? What will I need to start looking for?
    Thanks in advance for all your help.
     
  2. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An egg or crowing will tell you every time! lol

    Most breeds are just a guess. Leghorns can be feather sexedvery young. Barred rocks and welsummers you can usually tell by markings on top of their head. Most you have to wait and see and just when you have it figured out She ends up being He!
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed and variety. On the colorful varieties (Brown Red, BBRed, things like that), you can tell withing 2-3 weeks (the males molt color in the neck first). The solid colored varieties are more difficult, you can only identify them when they start to develop sexual characteristics (sickles, large red comb, etc). Barred varieties can be identified at hatch (males will have a large white spot on the back of the head, females will have a small spot).
     

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