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Sexing Chicks
May 8, 2012
10:28 am
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mammaleigh
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I had 11 chicks hatch out over the past 24 hours and I didnt know the best way to sex them. I have seen how to vent sex them but..I am a little nervous to do it becuase I dont want to hurt them. I have heard of feather sexing but I dont know how accurate it is. Anyone know of a better way?

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May 8, 2012
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That’s all there is mammaleigh, there are other ‘old wives’ methods, but they are just about as accurate as flipping a coin though it is fun to try I suppose.  They are so contradictory though, if they lay flat out they’re cockerels, if they lay flat out they’re pullets etc etc, fact is, they ALL lay flat out sometimes!! There are other things like that too… most are a bit silly.

I’d love to try to learn to vent sex them, I’m afraid I’d need another human to show me though, that’s how I learn best usually.

To feather sex them, you will need to wait till they start to grow their hackle feathers and their saddle and tail feathers, it takes time… but really, what would you do different’ if you knew right now?  I can’t imagine destroying the cockerels right now even if I knew!   I’d have to feed them all and wait till they’re big enough to eat or find new homes for.

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May 8, 2012
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Oh no I know I wouldent do anything…just curious is all. Figured I had the babies that I am going to keep so lets see if I can figure it out!

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May 9, 2012
9:23 am
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Here is how a hatchery by us does the feather sexing. The picture is about 1/2 way down: http://www.bergshatchery.com/faq.shtml

May 9, 2012
3:41 pm
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Thank you, I have looked at some of the chicks and there is a diffrence in them! I am just going to wait and see what we got!

Oh yeah, ducks hatch out on Sunday….yea!! The house is full of babies!

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May 10, 2012
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Here is another chart. We used it yesterday to help guess what we have in our 6 chicks. They were too old already to use the feather sexing method. We think that we have 3, maybe 4 pullets! Yay!

http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/sexingchicks.html

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