sexing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by arabookworm, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    happy holidays everyone!
    how old do the chicks have to be before you figure out their sex? and what are the signs they would exhibit? what should I look out for?

    any help would be appreciated. thanks in advance!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Take a look at the What Breed Or Gender Is This? section and you'll find TONS!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you have a pure Barred Rock, they are easier, Marwa.

    Boys: big, splotchy headspot, little to no black down the leg fronts, more silvery/gray/frosty appearance overall
    Girls: Small, more defined headspot, dark wash of color down the leg fronts to the toes, very black appearance.


    Might be a bit harder in the crosses.
     
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    watch this whole video if you want to see how hatcherys sex day old chicks
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Feather sexing like in the video doesn't work on many breeds. You have to actually breed for this trait, which they probably do in those hatchery birds.
     
  6. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that has to be THE SADDEST video I have ever seen!! How sad for those babies to be treated like that. [​IMG]
     
  7. bullrider

    bullrider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW i wounder what the death rate on them chick is i bet pretty high they are defently are not BYC members.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  8. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is a rather disturbing video.............BUT that is certainly not how we treat our chicks. [​IMG]

    Those are big factories. They don't care how the chicks are treated. They just think about time and money. [​IMG]
     
  9. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya i know. hatcheries just dont get it... but at least some of them get to go to better homes.
     
  10. Brad7558

    Brad7558 Out Of The Brooder

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    That video made my wife cry. I can only eat organic eggs now.
     

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