Sexing chicks

kuchchicks

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I know this is a long shot, but anyone in the Akron/Cleveland Ohio area that knows how to vent or wing sex chicks? I would either like someone to teach me or maybe that I can pay to sex my chicks? They are currently 2 days old. Thanks.
 

Drewnkat

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Mar 27, 2008
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You could hold out the chicks wings and take a picture, you could also wait a few weeks depending on breed to determine the sex~
It is my understanding this only works with certain breeds or hybrids. If the hen has a "slow-feathering gene" and the rooster a "fast feathering gene" then you can sex them by feathers up to 3 days old. otherwise, wing feathers will not tell you which is which.
 

GuamChicken

In the Brooder
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May 14, 2014
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Im, a newbie to the chicken business, but I will brag about my sexing accuracy. I seamed to get it right 14 / 14 chicks after learning this technique from a peace corp "chicken specialist ". No, I'm not kidding, lol.

Anyway, the venting technique was quoted by this specialist, as being 100 % accurate, and I didn't believe it until I started doing it. Its simple, he showed me, just turn the chick upside down, and give a gentle squeeze. The roosters will pop out a mini small red tipped, uh, ... what you might call a penis. The females will not. So simple. The only caveat is you are supposed to do this on or before day 2 after hatching for 100% accuracy. I did it on day 3 and was 100%, so thats my story. Also, this might sound funny, but until you see both, you wont be comfortable as to what you are seeing, but once you see the male, then the female, you will get confidence to make the right call. If you were to get 4 hens in a row, without seeing a rooster you would be like, ok what am I missing here. lol..
 

Drewnkat

Songster
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
176
41
191
Georgia
Im, a newbie to the chicken business, but I will brag about my sexing accuracy. I seamed to get it right 14 / 14 chicks after learning this technique from a peace corp "chicken specialist ". No, I'm not kidding, lol.

Anyway, the venting technique was quoted by this specialist, as being 100 % accurate, and I didn't believe it until I started doing it. Its simple, he showed me, just turn the chick upside down, and give a gentle squeeze. The roosters will pop out a mini small red tipped, uh, ... what you might call a penis. The females will not. So simple. The only caveat is you are supposed to do this on or before day 2 after hatching for 100% accuracy. I did it on day 3 and was 100%, so thats my story. Also, this might sound funny, but until you see both, you wont be comfortable as to what you are seeing, but once you see the male, then the female, you will get confidence to make the right call. If you were to get 4 hens in a row, without seeing a rooster you would be like, ok what am I missing here. lol..
That's very interesting, but is it true if you don't know what you're doing, you can actually do harm to the chick's internal organs?

I wouldn't be comfortable risking it, but I know people who have been trained how to do it properly can also do it safely for the chicks.
 

GuamChicken

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 14, 2014
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Of course thats what I thought, but at this age the push is so little. Very little, once you try you can see its harmless. You obviously need to watch what you are doing, but the effort required is very little, not much more than holding them in your hand really. Maybe thats why its recommended to do this at day 2 or less, there is no effort involved. My peace corp friend insisted doing this immediately after the hatch when transferring them from the incubator to the brooder box.
 

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