Sexing chicks on heritage breeds?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by estheramelia, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. estheramelia

    estheramelia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2016
    Is there any way to known the gender of one day old heritage breed chicks? If I take the chicks to the vet for a DNA sexing, how long would it have to wait to get the results? Help!
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Unless it's an autosexing breed, no. Most heritage breeds can be sexed at 8-12 weeks of age.

    Most vets will get you DNA results in 1-2 weeks, but some of the slower places can take up to 4. Average test cost is $25-$35 per bird.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2013
    On certain breeds you can wing sex chicks by the way the primary feathers come in. I know it works on rhode island red chicks.

    I don't remember if you are looking for straight line of feathers or offset.

    But a gentleman sexed some out of a straight run pen. Wanted 10 hens. He spread their wings and I got 10 hens.
  4. compubob1

    compubob1 New Egg

    May 21, 2015
    All long are male and alternating female.

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