sexing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jubylives, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My local farm store has straight run Bantams. I've been wanting some but I do not want the roos. I've googled it but I'm wondering what people here have done with success to sex chicks.

    jeremy
     
  2. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bantam chicks are not usually sexed because they are too tiny. You could always get a bunch now, and find new homes for the roos once you can tell them apart. [​IMG]
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    There are lots of methods that people use, though I suspect many are founded on old wive's tales. Try doing a search on BYC for sexing chicks & see what you get.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is just really hard to say with 100% accuracy. But I look at their wing feathers and if the rows of feathers on the end of the wing are all even I would say roo, and if the pattern goes short, long, short, long(or long short long short) then pullet. HOWEVER, I am in no way guaranteeing that this is a fool proof method, and I am sure there are breeds out there that disprove this theory. So don't bet the farm by it. Even skilled chick sexers make mistakes, and I am certainly no skilled and taught chick sexer. It is just a theory I have by watching the video where they sex one of the breeds of chicks that way. Best of success to you!!! [​IMG]

    eta: it is true, that bantams are really tiny and they are usually not sexed for that reason.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009
  5. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wing feather don't always help. Mine bantams both would have been pullets if that was the case.

    I think I saw ONE hatchery that tries to sex bantams. I'll see if I can find it again.
     
  6. 5sallad5

    5sallad5 Out Of The Brooder

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    mypetchciken sexes bantams!
     
  7. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Wing feather don't always help. Mine bantams both would have been pullets if that was the case.

    I completely agree. Would you mind posting a couple pictures of your bantam roos? I love seeing rooster pictures. [​IMG] I think they are soo pretty.​
     
  8. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, that's the place. I thought it was them but when I checked, I checked the wrong breed.
     
  9. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could also learn to vent sex.
    But I would not suggest doing it right away with bantams.
     
  10. meezermom

    meezermom Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] On youtube it discussed & shows vent sexing at one of the hatcheries if you are interested..........

    [​IMG] Enjoy your new babies!
     

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