Sexing baby chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Doodlemen, May 2, 2011.

  1. Doodlemen

    Doodlemen New Egg

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    Hello everyone new here. From Wisconsin have been keeping
    chickens for the past fifteen years or so and have always
    wondered how to sex a baby chick. This would be of great
    help to me. I hatch every spring and it would be nice to know
    wich is wich
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. I've never done it. I've always ordered from hatcheries. Someone that has might come along and let you know...I'd like to know as well!
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I'm like Dawg53, I order my layers from hatcheries so I know I will get pullets. The only ones I can sex with good results, are the BR (Barred Rocks) by their spot and feathering. [​IMG]
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:Chicken sexing is actually an art form that takes years to master. The hatcheries hire highly-trained chicken sexers and their accuracy, after YEARS of training and practice is still only 90% at best. It's not really something to be attempted as a hobbyist as you can injure or kill a baby chick very easily.

    I'm waiting for someone to invent an at-home test that accurately and cheaply determines the sex of chicks!

    There IS a DNA test that you can do for about $25.00 per chick. You can send a sample of the egg shell the chick hatched from, a blood sample or a feather to AvianBiotech's lab and they will then tell you the sex by extracting the DNA from it. Pretty amazing stuff!

    Here's the link to that company: http://www.avianbiotech.com/SexingCenter
     
  5. ICallMyselfCherie'

    ICallMyselfCherie' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, that's good info, DozenGirls! I never knew there was a company that did that! [​IMG]

    Hi, Doodlemen! I like your screen name! [​IMG] from California, I hope you enjoy it here!
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Desert Rooster

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  8. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from Northern California. [​IMG]
     
  9. Attack Chicken

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    [​IMG] from Indiana!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. Good luck with your birds.
     

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