Sexing chicks on "How It's Made" TV show

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickonaroost, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. chickonaroost

    chickonaroost In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yesterday, (tooooo hot to be outside), I was watching the show, "How It's Made" and they did a thing on hatchery chicks. It showed the poor babies dropping through conveyor belts and getting tossed onto racks-sad....but not to get off topic. They showed the people sexing the chicks. They picked them up by a wing and if their wing feathers had two distinct rows of feathers they were pullets. If they had a single row of wing feathers, they were roos. Did anyone else see it? Has anyone ever heard of this sexing method?, because it looked to be fairly easy to tell the difference.
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I have never heard of that method, so it's probably specific to only certain breeds. Most chickens are vent sexed, except for sex links. The real horror they didn't show you is what they do to all the excess male chicks. Google if only if you have a strong stomach and are braev.
  3. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    I've seen it several times. They sure throw those babies around don't they? It looks easy to tell the difference, but if it was so accurate, why would we be getting roos when we didn't order them? I still think it must be an "educated guess" as to the sex.
  4. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    I saw Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe do a report on sexing chicks at McMurray. It has ran many times. I haven't the one on How things are made.
  5. cruelshoes

    cruelshoes In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2007
    Washington State
    I saw that show last week! It was interesting, but kind of sad. I kept expecting one of the chicks to spin off of that conveyor belt thingie.

    I also saw the "How it's Made" episode on eggs. It was basically a feature on factory farms and how they work. They had these white chickens (Leghorns?) in cages packed on top of each other with no room to move around. Their combs were HUGE and kind of a sickish pink. I saw them and thought "those chickens don't look well at all." Funny, because only a few months ago, I probably whouldn't have thought much at all about how the chickens' combs looked.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Looking at the feathers to determine sex is feather sexing. It is done by mating a fast feathering male with a slow feathering female. The boys will have equal length feathers while the females will have two rows.
  7. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    We watched "The Natural History of the Chicken" on Netflix and they showed a few scenes of commercial chicken houses. My wife immediatlely said we would NEVER buy any products other than from free-range chickens again.

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