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Poultry & Eggs
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Hens for Sale - Good Egg Layers & Pets

Sexing Chicks

How to tell whether your chicks are male or female.
Next available course:  Saturday, 22nd March at (10am - 12.30pm)

Sexing chicks the traditional way
The sex of most breeds of chicken cannot be determined at hatching. Usually by 6 to 8 weeks of age, the combs and wattles of male chicks will be larger and redder than those of females, and often their legs are chunkier. Male chicks may start to crow from around 12 weeks old but they can start much later. Sometimes you can see differences in behaviour between males and females. Male chicks can strut from an early age. Some breeds are notoriously difficult to sex, e.g. silkies, in which case you may not be able to determine their sex until they are adults and either start to lay eggs or crow!

Commercially reared chicks may be vent-sexed by looking at the genitals inside the vent. This is extremely difficult and can damage the chick if done incorrectly so should not be attempted by hobby chicken keepers. Also feather-sexing using wings can be used on particular cross-breeds but this will not work on the majority of pure breed chickens.

sablepoot boy
sexing chicks
Sablepoot male chick on the left, two female chicks on the right.
Courses are led by Margaret Manchester, owner of Durham Hens. She has many years experience of keeping hens as pets and in a commercial environment. Before launching Durham Hens, she worked as a lecturer at Darlington College, teaching adults archaeology, history and genealogy.
What do auto-sexing and sex-linking mean?

There are several breeds of chicken that are auto-sexing. This means that you can tell whether their chicks are male or female when they hatch - usually by the colour, e.g. Cream Legbar.

By crossing certain breeds of chicken carrying specific genes, sex-linked chicks can be produced. You can tell whether chicks are male or female when they hatch, e.g. Gold Tops and Blacktails.

To book a course
Telephone 01388 731131 or email info@durhamhens.co.uk

Please provide the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Your telephone number
  3. Your email address
  4. Date of the course
  5. Any special requirements e.g. wheelchair
The cost of the course is £25 per adult including refreshments. Under 16s are charged at £12.50 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Your booking is not confirmed until payment is received. We accept debit and credit card payments by telephone or you can PAY ONLINE with card or Paypal.
sexing blacktail chicks
Blacktails (Sex-linked)
Females are golden brown
Males are yellow

Female   Male

sexing blacktail chicks
goldtop chicks sexing
Gold Top Bantam (Sex-linked)
Females are golden brown with small patches of black
Males are yellow with small patches of black

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Course Dates 2015:

Saturday, 7th February, 10.30am - 1pm (Fully booked)
Sunday, 22nd March, 10am - 12.30pm (Fully booked)
Sunday, 19th April, 10am - 12.30pm (Fully booked)
Sunday, 17th May, 10am - 12.30pm
Sunday, 14th June, 10am - 12.30pm
(Fully booked)
Sunday, 12th July, 10am - 12.30pm
Saturday, 22nd August, 10am - 12.30pm
Sunday, 27th September, 10am - 12.30pm
Saturday, 7th November, 10.30am - 1pm

Male   Female

Female    Male

Cream Legbar (Auto-sexing breed)
Females have dark stripes on their backs. They may have a tiny white spot on their head but much smaller than that on  males.
Males are paler and duller than females and have a large white patch on their head.

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cream legbar eggs sexing
Female       Male

Female           Male

(not sex-linked or auto-sexing)
Males have a stripe across the eyes but it is less well defined than the females. Also the tops of their heads are more reddish-brown.
Females have a darker, more pronounced stripe across their eyes. Head and back markings are also more defined in females.



It is easier to sex chicks if you have a few to compare their colouring and markings. If you are unsure, wait until you can sex them the traditional way. Do not dispatch male chicks until you are certain that they are males.

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VAT Registration Number 995021312,  Company Number 07703899
Directors: A.J.Manchester, M.R.Manchester.