Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Disco Hen, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Disco Hen

    Disco Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2012
    Sonoma CA
    Is it possible to sex chicks the first couple days they are born
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Yes, by vent sexing. Very difficult and takes years to master.
    Otherwise some pullets have fast feathering genes and cockerels have slow genes so I have been sexing at day old by marking those with 2 lengths of feathers on the primaries as pullets and 1 length as cockerels and I've been pretty close. I'm not saying it is extremely reliable.
  3. Disco Hen

    Disco Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2012
    Sonoma CA
  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Some breeds have color characteristics that can be used to sex chicks. I got several barred rock chicks from TSC and did my best to use the sexing techniques, but I'm afraid I have several boys (straight run at this time of year isn't good odds). They are mostly fast feathering males with two chicks feathering slowly looking like females... not what I expected. I'm waiting on more feathering before making final decisions about keepers.


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