Yusuke Nakano is a specialist in making the invisible visible. He streams them to computers. There Nakano uses artificial intelligence to reveal sights too subtle for the human eye to see. Such as, for example, the sex of a baby chick. In fact, for pretty much all of human existence and right up to the early 20th century, the only foolproof way to tell which little chick would turn into hen or rooster was to let the little fuzzballs grow up into chickens.
Sexing day-old chicks can be accomplished by one of two methods: 1 vent sexing or 2 feather sexing. Each method has difficulties that make it unsuitable for use by the small flock owner. Vent sexing relys on the visual identification of sex based on appearance of sexual organs. Feather sexing is based on differences in feather characteristics at hatch time. A brief explanation of each method is as follows. Vent sexing of chicks at hatching has complications that make it more difficult than sex determination of most other animals.
How to Sex Chickens: Male or Female, Hen or Rooster?
This post contains affiliate links. For more information click here. 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.
Chick sexing is the method of distinguishing the sex of chickens and other hatchlings, usually by a trained person called a chick sexer or chicken sexer. The females and a limited number of males kept for meat production are then put on different feeding programs appropriate for their commercial roles. Different segments of the poultry industry sex chickens for various reasons.