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Sexing Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by highpointfarm, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Songster

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    Hey guys I am possibly going to my local feed store to pick up MORE chicks xD

    I have heard about several ways to sex baby chicks.... could anyone help me out?

  2. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    I had a woman there hold them by the back of the neck and if the feet stick straight out thats a male, if not its a female, she said it was 80% accurate
  3. Gumpwhite

    Gumpwhite Chirping

    I used the neck thing with my first 7solo chicks.. according to the terminology. I had 6. Hens and 1I rooster... however they are about 6the weeks now and they are looking more like 4a roos. And 3I hens. Lol.. I wished it was better.
  4. annep

    annep Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    That's what I'd like to know too...How to do it!
  5. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    I got 7 chicks at TSC last week at half off $ because they where getting in new chicks and these where week old - straight runs. They let me choose the ones I wanted. I feather sexed them to try to get 6 hens and 1 roo. They had 14 but, 6 had long wing feathers and tail feathers started. The rest had short wing feathers and tail was just a fuzzy butt. So either I got what I wanted or 6 roos and 1 hen. lol [​IMG]
    Last year I bought 2 RIR from the pullet bin and ended up with a hen and a roo.
    Sexlinks are a sure bet.[​IMG]
    I hope you get what you wanted.
  6. countrygirl36

    countrygirl36 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    idk how to sex them but i noticed the wing feathers on my chicks that are roos were alot longer then my one girl...which i have 4 males and one female,great.
  7. rekabnivek

    rekabnivek In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2011
    The way we do it is to look at the wing feathers at about 3-4 days. If the two layers of wing tip feathers are both long then it is a roo. If the bottom layer is long and top layer is short then it is a hen. This does not always apply for all breeds, but is is pretty good for most breeds.

  8. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    Are there any feed stores near you that sell sexed chicks? They are usually 90% or better accurate. Fortunately for me all of the feed stores around here sell sexed chicks and most are careful to not let the get mixed in the other bins. And there are LOTs of places around here to get chicks. I have found that the 90% number is pretty close for the non-sex links. I am going to get about 20 chicks in 3 weeks and I am expecting 2 or 3 to be roosters. Hopefully none but I will expect a couple.
  9. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    The one I think is a roo has 2 layers of feathers both about the same length and now at 2 weeks looks like his comb is larger. The others have tips that are much longer. I hope I sexed them right ?[​IMG]
  10. pinelilyfarm

    pinelilyfarm Hatching

    Mar 29, 2012
    I read somewhere else that if they stick their legs straight down when held by their neck, then they are pullets, and if they kick and pull them up, they are cockrels....which is it? I have 4 chicks and when I do that test on them, they all hang their legs straight down, and the were all "supposed" to be pullets, so I don't know, but I'd like to know if anyone does.


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