Sexing Chicks

IMG_0278

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.

IMG_0305

(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.

IMG_0299

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

IMG_0297

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.

IMG_0293

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!

Toodle-oo,

Bessie

Advertisements

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).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s