Sexing question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jsto, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just watching cute chick videos on youtube and came across this, from the discovery channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2yVYRpZhnk

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    that video, I heard something I'd never known before. (Remember I'm pretty new to all this, so it could be completely well-known LOL) They're sexing the chicks by looking at the two rows of feathers. If the rows are different lengths, it's a female. Same length, male. How accurate is that?

    I'm just very intrigued by this because I hadn't heard it before. I know some people are able to just 'look' at a chick and know, but I thought that was more down to experience and trial/error in the past.
     
  2. Pelican49

    Pelican49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG they're rough with those babies.
     
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, but what an awful way to handle chicks. No wonder they are stressed out.
     
  4. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Wow, amazing any of them come out alive. Poor things.
     
  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To feathersex, you have to cross a fast feathering hen with a slow feathering rooster.
    But I don't know which breeds they are.
     
  6. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 5 pullet chicks and one turned out to be a roo. I don't think those are the best odds. But it's better than straight run.
     
  7. RockinCircleC

    RockinCircleC Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my favorite episodes of Dirty Jobs:



     
  8. schroader

    schroader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did that last year a rural king and brought home ( I think, cant remember) 67 pullets and 6 roosters.
     
  9. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are pretty rough with them, yes. It's a bit hard to see. No wonder they're so pooped out by the time they get to us.

    Thanks for the answers. I know it's never really foolproof, I ended up with a roo last year. I suppose if doing it at home it's a better chance than doing nothing [​IMG]
     
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