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Rhea Chick Sexing

The photos below illustrate how to determine gender of one month old rhea chicks.  This method, vent sexing, can be used on rhea chicks from 2 week old up to adults.  We do not recommend vent sexing chicks younger than 2 weeks, due to the danger of rupturing the internal yolk sack.

The proper method of carrying a rhea chick.

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Turn it upside down and hold the crossed legs tightly.

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Invert the vent, looking for the reproductive organs.  This is a female chick, shown below.

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This is a male chick, shown below.

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Most importantly, WASH your hands when you are done!!!  Icky!!

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