One question I get asked fairly often is 'Is this a hen or a rooster? Generally, that's not an easy question to answer. Of course you can always make your best guess. You can easily injure a chick if you don't know what you are doing, so vent sexing is best left to the professionals. Vent sexing involves squeezing the feces out of the chick, which opens up the chick's vent and lets the sexer see if the chick has a small "bump".
Chicken Sexing - How To Determine The Gender Of Your Chickens
Chicken Sexing - How To Identify The Gender of Your Chicken
A re you wondering how to tell the sex of your chicks or slightly older chickens? The question of gender is important to many chicken keepers for a variety of reasons, most commonly because roosters are either not allowed in the neighborhood or not needed in a backyard flock. I hope this article helps you learn to distinguish male chicks from female chicks, cockerels from pullets and roosters from hens. When purchasing chickens from a hatchery or feed store, remember that even chicks being sold as female aka: sexed, pullets risk being male. Even the most reliable sexing methods used by commercial poultry operations have a margin of error and sometimes chicks get mixed up in the bins at the feed store. The take-home message? Always have a plan for roosters if you cannot keep them.
How to Sex Chickens: 5 Methods To Determine Hen Or Rooster
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 that you are purchasing a chicken without knowing its sex, male or female, rooster or hen.
The most accurate and successful way to sex a chicken is known as venting or vent sexing. Venting works best on chickens one day old. With this method, you hold the one-day-old baby chick in your hand and push down slightly below the vent so as to spread it open.