Sexing Chicks


This post is for those of you who enjoy chickens and farming blather. 🙂

As you know, we have been hatching our first batch of Barred Plymouth Rock chicks over the past week.  We planned to take them to the local farmer’s market Saturday, so I thought it would be a good idea to learn a little about sexing chicks so that people would know what they are getting.


(I love this little hen.  Isn’t her face pretty?)

In doing research, I came across a method of sexing by wing development.  Apparently this is fairly accurate.  Both of the click below are about 1 week old.  The first one is a cockerel (aka rooster).  Notice the first feathers are short and not very developed yet.


This second one is a pullet (hen).  Notice the long and well-developed feathers. Her tail feathers have also already developed.


Barred rocks are a type of sex-link chickens, which makes it a bit easier to determine gender by color.  The pullets are generally much darker, with lots of black on their legs and minimal spots on their noggins.  The cockerels are the opposite–much lighter in color, with light legs and scattered spots on their heads.


We took 11 chicks to the market and sold all but 3!  The hens all went first, of course.  We had a lot of people interested in more, so we will definitely be going back next weekend with our next load of chickies. 🙂

In other news, I am slowly but surely working on setting up my new sewing room!  That means it will be easier to sew, so many  more projects to post about!  Speaking of which, I had a great idea for a project inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee that I am excited to tell you about…

Well, off to put the baby to nap and tailor a shirt for a friend!




2 thoughts on “Sexing Chicks

  1. You are so nice to tailor a shirt for a friend. I have a pretty rigid “no sewing for others” policy (with the exception of my mom).

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