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Q: What happens if a bird I purchase from My Pet Chicken is incorrectly sexed?

A:

It's always disappointing when a bird isn't sexed correctly, especially if your "girl" ended up being a "boy" and was the family's favorite chick! Chicken sexing is an art, not a science.

If you want to be sure no sexing error occurs, you will want to buy a Red Star. These chickens are not vent sexed like our other day-olds; they can be told apart just by their color, so vent sexing errors don't occur.

To report an error, first be sure you are reporting during the correct reporting period! Early or late reports can't be taken.
  • Sexing errors must be reported when the birds are 10 to 17 weeks old.
  • Sexing errors for Silkies only must be reported when the Silkies are 19 - 29 weeks old
Second, to make your report, email us or give us a call, toll free, at 888-460-1529.

Third, be sure to provide the name under which the order was placed, the email address you used for the order or (preferably) your order number so we will be able to assist you.

Finally, remember not to rehome your suspects early--we hear repeatedly from people who have rehomed their "roosters," only to later be disappointed to learn that "he" turned out to be a great layer.

Not sure if you have an error or not? Read about how to tell the difference between male and female chickens for sure in our related questions below.