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Wing Sexing Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SweetLilRachy00, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you sex a chick based on it's wings? I hear different things from different sources.

    BTW, they are RIR, and I HEARD that you can't with them...Any thoughts?

    Suggestions?

    I know we'll probably have a bunch of roos, and I want to know ahead of time. Thanks.
     
  2. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, the hatcheries usually sex via wing feathers and RIRs are sold at them, so you can probably give it a try if they are hatchery birds. There's a video on YouTube, let me see if I can find it.

    I think this is it...

     
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  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you mean that the feathers on the wings of the hens come in sooner than on the males, I have not found that to be a very reliable way to sex on Silkies. It is pretty good for hard feathered birds like Barred Rocks and I am hoping on the Red Star Cross I hatched. I study the wings of the Silkies I hatch and I don't see much difference. With larger breeds there is only a 3 or 4 day window to work with on the wing sexing anyway. I have never marked them to see if it works but it might be worth a try.
     
  4. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't view videos. I have dial up [​IMG]

    I'm not sexing silkies...I'm wanting to sex RIRs.

    I bought them from TSC on Monday (the day they arrived) so DH and I are thinking they were bought from MMH (Hatched on Friday, shipping Sat. Arrived Mon)

    Since quiet a few of them still had their egg tooth when I got them home. [​IMG]


    I was thinking that their wings looked different for each sex, but I also read on another chicken forum that with RIR sometimes you can't.
     
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I don't know why I thought I saw Silkie in there. I must have Silkies on the brain.

    At my feed store the gal who took care of the chicks was farm raised. She is the one who told me about the wing sexing. It has worked for me with RIRs, Buff OrpX and Barred Rocks.
     
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  6. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wing sexing only works for certain breeds. It is not accurate at all in other breeds.

    I don't believe RIR's are a breed that can be wing/feather sexed as day olds.

    Hatcheries use three methods of sexing day olds - color sexing in sex-link chicks, wing/feather sexing for those breeds and vent sexing for the rest, where a specially trained worker peeks into the vent to see if the chick has male or female parts.
     
  7. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what do I look for when looking at their wings male vs female?
     
  8. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We most have posted at the same time. OK picked up a chick....umm...they already have feathers on their wings. not fluff like on their bodies. They all look the same.

    Arlee, I did see the episode of Dirty Jobs where they were 'squeezing the poo outta chicks' at MMH. Though, I couldn't try that! I might not squeeze right! LOL
     
  9. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wing sexing of chicks has worked for me with my Buckeye chicks. It has NEVER been wrong for me.

    If the wing primary pin feathers are all EVEN in length, then it is a cockerel. If the wing primary pin feathers are UNEVEN lengths, then it is a pullet.

    It DOES NOT work in all breeds.

    CHRIS
     
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  10. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know if that works for BO's??
     

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