sexing chicks

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

  1. levi krauss

    levi krauss Hatching

    Aug 26, 2013
    Does anyone out there know any good technics to sexing out roosters form the hens at the local feed store.[​IMG]
  2. Kathrynmodra

    Kathrynmodra In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2013
    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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