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Written by Carole

My hatch date is past due a couple of days so I am assuming we are done for this one. Out of the eight eggs in the incubator one started pipping and did not make it fully out of the egg (not sure what happen to it) and two hatched. They are both Buff Orpingtons; cute and fuzzy.

Buff Orpington Baby Chickens

Buff Orpington Baby Chickens

They are now in a box with heat, food, and water.

One thing I read somewhere, online I’m sure, is a way to sex baby chickens a day or two after birth. According to the instructions you hold the chick just above the wings with its feet dangling:

1. if the baby chicken is moving about and pulls legs up it is likely a rooster

2.if the baby chicken remains calm and hold its legs down it is likely a pullet/hen.

I don’t know if this is true or not but a man at the small animal auction told me he had a success rate of 95% of sexing chickens using this method. If this is so then I have a pullet and a cockerel.

Baby Chicken pullet

Baby Chicken pullet

Baby chicken cockerel

Baby chicken cockerel

Now I’m cleaning up the incubator for the next set of eggs I have waiting. I still have some Buff Orpington eggs that I picked up before the rooster died. I realize the longer you wait to incubate the less the success rate but I’m going to give it a try anyway and see if I can get more Buff Orpingtons. I will also be trying to hatch some Black Australorp eggs. Samson and Delilah are so beautiful I can imagine what their little babies will look like.

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30 Responses to “Sexing Baby Chickens”

  1. Hello, Enjoyed catching up on Fowl Visons. Congratulations on your new babies. I am planning on getting a incubator this spring. Sorry to hear about your BO Rooster in another post. I wish I had attended the poulty show in Lake City. Please keep me posted on any poultry show’s in the future. Oh yeah, very interesting about the sexing of the baby chicks. Could it be so simple?

    Barbaras last blog post..Chicken Rescue

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  2. I have heard about that method also. I also saw on the T.V. show “How It’s Made” a story on hatcheries and they were sexing chickens by this method….They looked at their feathers on the wings. If the 2 rows of feathers were uneven it was a hen. If the rows were even it is a rooster. I think they might have said it only works for the first couple of days but I can’t remember. But since it was a hatchery I thought they must know what they are doing. I also decided that it would be terrible to be a chick hatched at the hatchery.

    Wendys last blog post..I Hope That You Can Help Me

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  3. Any chance you’ll post a photo of that sexing hold?

    SimplyFortiess last blog post..New Experiment in Vermicomposting

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  4. Thanks for the pictures Carole, hard to imagine any chick would just hang there!

    SimplyFortiess last blog post..New Experiment in Vermicomposting

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  5. Wendy, I checked my two babies and the results of the wings were the same outcome as the other method I have listed. So if both methods come up with the same outcome hopefully it is correct–I have a rooster and a hen.

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  6. The photos help a lot! I tried it and was doing it way wrong. I am going to go out and try it and then try to mark them somehow.

    I hope all of mine are hens!!!

    dons last blog post..Too Cold for a Picnic

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  7. Now that is one method, I haven’t heard of. Thanks for showing how it’s done. I hope to get an incubator soon, and I need to separate my chickens by breed. That way I’ll have pure breeds. Your chicks are cute!

    Nancys last blog post..Winner-My Fruit Roll-Ups Giveaway

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  8. Here is a link about sexing chickens.

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jh.....hicks.html

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  9. Interesting. Keep us posted…pun intended. I haven’t had any chicks since I saw the show so haven’t been able to try it out.

    Wendys last blog post..The Goat Lady

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  10. wendy,
    the methened of tell the differnted male and female is right it work i have six of the and their is one male out all six so i have 5 females and one male thank you for put a web set like this…. thank you very much my husband tryed to suprese me with the baby chicken but i seen them before easter they was my easter persent i love all six of them

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  11. omg your chickens are sooo cute! i recently did a project in school that let me keep a baby chicken at my house for 2 weeks and do a lab report on it for my agri-science class. I fell in love with my chick and i miss her soo much!!!

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  12. you can also tell the sex of a chick by the breast bone a males breast bone will be further down than a females. the males will usually be about an inch to an inch and a half past the start of the legs in chicks around a month old where as the females will generally be about a half inch past the start. not a 100% accurate method but it is very close. if anyone would like to talk more about it my email is ninjaryder_003@yahoo.com. i breed a vatiety of chicks, ducks, and pheasants.

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  13. I was recently told how to select eggs for a higher pullet/ hen outcome. The eggs with a pointed end tend to be roosters. So pick the more blunt ended eggs. I cant wait to see if this works. And thank you for sharing this method. I also saw the how its made on the hatchery. Such an interesting way to sex chickens by their feathers. It was discovered in Japan by a professor Hashimoto. But I like your method also as it would be quick and easy.

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  14. Warsito from Indonesia I thank you for this very unique method, because as a breeder laying hens I just need a female chicks once again I say thank you

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  15. i once had a chicken but it died his name was stanley the rooster he got ripped up by a dog

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  16. cool im going to try it, i hope it works.

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  17. yes it’s true and i have this experience 10 years and i know how to choose between male and female.

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  18. i tried this aswell as checking the wings and also checking the “wish bome we call it when were eating dinner” lol that is on either side of their vent. if the gap is large its a hen if its small its a rooster. all of them have turned out to be hens which i am very happy for! my first hatch adn their all hens. worth more money than roosters. lol

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  19. I have had chickens for 3 years now. I have sexed the baby chicks by the leg theory, male, up and female down. It has worked for me 100%
    I have 2 babt polish chickens that are 2 weeks old. One is a boy and one is a girl. They are adorable. My chickens are my pets.
    I love them!!

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  20. i just had my incubator hatch off and i’m going to try this method of sexing chicks and ring the cockerel let u know of the results praying for lots of hens

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  21. wow just tried this if its true i have 4 little hens…….. that would be great

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  22. So were you accurate?? Did you indeed have 1 hen and 1 roo? We will be going to pick out day olds here soon and we would like to have 6 hens and 1 roo, so if this was accurate, then I will try this method! :-)

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  23. I have tried several different ways to tell the sex of baby chicks. One was looking at the comb and the leg spurs, one was by the size and color, one was by looking at the wings. I have found that the wing test is the best to go by, because of different breeds. Each breed has different characteristic, but one thing that they all have in common is the mother needs more feathers to incubate eggs. This proved to be true one my second batch of chicks. I bought six and all six were pullets because I used the wing test.

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  24. You are not supposed to hold chicks like that -.-
    ok… :pp

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  25. I know of several people who have tried the less pointy eggs, and well from there’s and my experience it’s just a myth!

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  26. For Carole who had low and late success rate with her hatch. Get a new thermometer and calibrate it. I got only four chicks out of 35 eggs and they were 2 to 3 days late. My next hath with a new calibrated thermometer resulted in 28 healthy chicks. Turns out my old thermometer was 2 degrees low.

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