when can you sex chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ticks, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    at what age can i sex chicks?
  2. normajean

    normajean Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Howell, MI
    Wow, this really depends on the breed unless you can do the vent chick....though that is not recommended after the first day (one day old.)
    What I have done is look up the breed you want to try to sex, say Speckled Sussex, and see if there is any information on the net about when the combs and wattles really begin to color and grow.
    Other than that, in my own experience I start to notice differences in behavior (like play roostering/fighting) within the first week...then usually by the 3rd to 4th week there is enough definition in the combs and possibly the wattles.
    They ones that are the most difficult are the rosecomb breeds and Silkies....Silkies I have heard can be hard to tell up to 4-6 months!!!
    Keep in touch and post pictures!
  3. Yeah, the rose combs have me stumped, too. I gave away 5 yesterday and I hope I did OK. I had to go by legs and feathering. It was brutal!!

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