Sexing baby chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cp_30256, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. cp_30256

    cp_30256 In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2007
    Can anyone tell me if they know how to sex the baby chicks? I know there is a sight we can go to I saw it on here once before but can't remember it.
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    The sexers at the hatcheries have been doing it for ages... there is a very rough (for the chick) process of squeezing their belly just right to make them poop and then squeezing again to look in thier vent to look and see if they have a "bump" or not. Not sure which is the female or male. And even these guys only have a 95 percent accuracy rate. This can only be done on day olds to be accurate and has to be done by an expert. By the time we get them at a few days old or older, it is too late. But some breeds have "sex links" which give them defining characteristics at birth to tell gender. So I guess it depends on which breeds you have.
  3. Last edited: Mar 16, 2008
  4. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    There is such thing as feather sexing, but really it depends on the breed (Silkie,buff orp, etc.)

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