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Do you know How to Sex Chickens with Feathers? Well it's Easy

Sexing baby chickens is not a very glamorous job but a necessary one. Wait until your chickens have lost their fuzz. Scoop up a group of feathers at the neck with an index card and examine the ends of the feathers. Rounded ends represent female and pointed ends are male. You can also pick up your chicken by the nap of the neck and lift off the ground. If the feet hang down, it is probably a male but if the feet are tucked up close to the body, it is a female.

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As a chicken illiterate your tips are wonderful! So many little tips! I'm almost liking chickens!

Posted by Meg on April 30, 2011 at 01:06 PM EDT #

And I suppose that hens never crow, nor have spurs.....

Neither of these methods is 100% accurate. Although a pretty good sign, hackle feathers can easily be misjudged by a novice... and the legs down method is about as accurate as sexing a baby by dangling a wedding ring above the mother's belly.

Ah Common!!! The only accurate way to sex a bird is via vent...or wait until they're old enough to breed.

Posted by Angela Stanley on May 01, 2011 at 06:27 PM EDT #

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