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chick check: girls and boys

As mentioned in the last chick check, some of our birds came "unsexed", meaning they could be girls (pullets) or boys (cockerels) and it didn't really matter because of their end purpose. The others, however, are meant to be laying hens and so, for obvious reasons, we ordered pullet chicks of those only. Sexing day old chicks, however, isn't really an exact science and there is some room for error. Figuring out who is who takes time, so let's check in now at 7 weeks of age...We'll start with Stu, the meat birds. Aside from a size difference, there are two key ways to differentiate the girls from the boys. For one, the boys are more colourful, with striking black accent feathers, while the girls, although still beautiful, are more blonde and uniform in colour. But of course the easiest way to tell them apart is by looking at their comb (on top of the head) and waddles (under the chin). Here are a couple of boys:
And here is Stu, the girl version... Pretty easy, …

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