How to tell sex of chicken

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When I have a little brooder full of chicks, I love to know whether I have a little cockerel or pullet. In fact, I have spent many years trying to find the best way to determine who is who in my young flocks. It is advantageous to know which sex my peeps are if I decide to sell them, sort, or introduce them to my flock. If I am going to sell, typically, a pullet will go for a few more dollars than a rooster, so rather than selling straight run, I like to tell new owners what they are getting. Buying straight run means purchasing a chicken without knowing its sex, male or female, rooster or hen.

Ways to Tell If My Chickens Are Male or Female at 10 Weeks Old

How to tell if your chicks are male or female

Chick sexing is the method of distinguishing the sex of chickens and other hatchlings, usually by a trained person called a chick sexer or chicken sexer. The females and a limited number of males kept for meat production are then put on different feeding programs appropriate for their commercial roles. Different segments of the poultry industry sex chickens for various reasons. In farms that produce eggs, males are unwanted; for meat production, separate male and female lines for breeding are maintained to produce the hybrid birds that are sold for the table, and chicks of the wrong sex in either line are unwanted. Chicks of an unwanted sex are killed almost immediately to reduce costs to the breeder. Several methods are used to determine the sex of a day-old chick.

How to Sex Chickens: Male or Female, Hen or Rooster?

This post contains affiliate links. For more information click here. Many of us who keep backyard chickens raise them from hatchlings or day old chicks. And, sometimes our curiosity gets the better of us and we wonder whether these fluffy little ones will grow up to be clucky hens or crowing roosters.
It is vital to determine the sex of chickens early in order to separate them for their appropriate uses. Hens of egg-laying breeds are typically kept for egg production. Males are often culled. Both males and females are useful as meat in breeds specifically developed for meat production. It is easy to identify the sex of adult chickens.