sexing chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by levi krauss, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. levi krauss

    levi krauss New Egg

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    Does anyone out there know any good technics to sexing out roosters form the hens at the local feed store.[​IMG]
     
  2. Kathrynmodra

    Kathrynmodra Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a bit of a newbie myself, I've only had chickens a few months. But I have been researching this like crazy, as I have a box of chicks in my kitchen and want to know how many roosters I brought!

    So main indicators:

    - redder and/or larger combs and wattles
    - thicker legs (some times, so far seems true with my box of chicks)
    - cockerels can be slower at growing in feathers (I read this but am yet to apply it)
    - if they are old enough pointy saddle feathers, although I believe they have to be over 10 weeks or more to recognise this.

    I think the main point is the redder combs and wattles.

    I think most of these points are for a few weeks old. In think day olds are too difficult to tell without vent sexing. You may be able to purchase sexed chicks from your feed store too. I did this with my first lot and got all lovely pullets.

    Good luck!
     

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