Many of us who keep backyard chickens raise them from hatchlings or day old chicks. And, sometimes our curiosity gets the better of us and we wonder whether these fluffy little ones will grow up to be clucky hens or crowing roosters. As a backyard chicken keeper, you can learn to sex your chicks by simple observation, for the most part. The first and most versatile method for sexing the widest variety of chicken breeds is to note the occurrence of wing feather development. Lastly, and the most reliable, as well as, the most complex method of all, is the vent sexing method.
Chick sexing - Wikipedia
Knowing the sex of your chickens can help you to create the best living situation for them moving forward. However, sexing chicks is not a straightforward process and requires examining a number of clues. After your chicks hatch, take a look at their feather patterns to see if you notice clear color differences. A few weeks later, look to see if some chicks appear noticeably larger and more aggressive than others. To determine the sex of a baby chick, examine its wing feathers to see how long they are. If they're all the same length, then it's a male chick, but if they vary in length, it's a female chick.
How to Sex Chickens: Male or Female, Hen or Rooster?
Identifying the sex of a baby chick is difficult, because unlike most other animals the sexual organs of chicken are located within their bodies and not easily distinguishable. There are a few fallacies, for example, that the sex of a chick can be determined by rotating a needle on a string over its head. The chick is then believed to be male if the weight rotates clockwise and female if it rotates anti-clockwise. Another fallacy is that sex can be determined by looking at the shape of an egg, the idea being that football shaped eggs house boy chicks, while oval or round shaped eggs house girl chicks.
Buff Orpingtons come out of their shell wearing the buff color they'll sport for life. Even males don't develop colored feathers like other breeds, and their short tails can make them hard to tell from females at first glance. Knowing a few subtle differences between the sexes can help you figure out who's who at any age.