Sexing chicks by Spur Bump?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SundownWaterfowl, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I was reading that you can sex chicks at around 3 days old. The males will have a spur bump, and the females wont. Is this true, or an old wives tail?
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I do wish us old wives didn't get the blame for stuff we had nothing to do with.... [​IMG] I don't know about with chicks, but I do know that hens get spurs and so have the bumps so I don't think I'd depend on that too much. [​IMG]
     
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  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    All chicks have a spur bump. Males will grow bigger and females typically don't (altho there are exceptions).

    Jody
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Okay. So all chicks will have the spur bump. I got worried when I felt my chicks legs. lol.
     
  5. ole-crone

    ole-crone Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a few hens with spurs - don't worry.
     

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