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.
Chicken Sexing - How To Determine The Gender Of Your Chickens
How to Sex Chickens: 5 Methods To Determine Hen Or Rooster
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?
How to Sex Chickens: Male or Female, Hen or Rooster?
A new gene technology to differentiate between male and female chicks pre-hatch could improve animal production, reduce costs and eliminate ethical dilemmas for the egg and poultry industries. Recent advances in gene technology mean that it is now possible to differentiate between male and female chicks pre-hatch. This discovery provides an opportunity to improve animal production, reduce costs and eliminate ethical dilemmas in the egg laying and related industries. Enlarge image Recent advances in gene technology mean that it is now possible to differentiate between male and female chicks pre-hatch. Currently, culling male chicks post-hatch creates a major ethical dilemma for some countries.
Written by : Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky. It is possible for a female chicken to take on external characteristics of a male, a phenomenon referred to as sex reversal. To date, spontaneous sex reversal from male to female has not been reported.