The British chicken sexing industry is in crisis.

The British chicken sexing industry is in crisis. In hatcheries up and down the country, golden day-old chicks cascade down conveyor belts waiting to have their gender established, so they can be assigned to lives as roosters or egg-layers.

But, with no new recruits since 2012 – and the value of poultry exports increasing at a rate of five per cent a year – the UK’s 29 qualified professionals are struggling to keep up.

In the interests of helping sustain a burgeoning British industry, I was tasked with arranging a masterclass in how to sex a chick. If the nation realises what is involved (not to mention the £40,000 starting salary), this crisis could be overcome.

National Chick sexing competition in Japan

  • simus1

    Male chicks tend to be very short lived.

    • That’s discrimination!

      • Justin St.Denis

        Misandry alert!

  • Justin St.Denis

    I had to clean out the coops when I was a teenager. If I never handle another chicken, it’ll be too soon. I can’t even eat them now. Some things you never forget.

    • Sounds awful.

      • Justin St.Denis

        You’ve no idea! Left me scarred for life! 😉

        It did TOTAL my sense of smell. Something has to absolutely reek before I can even perceive it with my honker. So I changed a lot of diapers when the kids were babies. And I mopped up any and all puke involved in raising children. That’s the UP side…

  • canminuteman

    I can’t imagine anything (or much anyway) more boring than making a career out of chicken sexing. I think I would want to slit my wrists after about 15 minutes.

    • Xavier

      I used to work for a Korean who had made a fortune sexing chickens. Asians are considered the best suited for it because they have small nimble hands.

      • That’s racist!

        • Justin St.Denis

          How can it be racist when it was so funny?

      • Justin St.Denis

        Korean men are hung like bumblebees. They have to have nimble hands. LOLOL

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘They’ve just got an ability. I don’t know whether it is God-given or trained but it is different.’


    We’re still talking about sexing chickens, right??

  • Frau Katze

    Can’t read this article either. It’s crashes Safari (iPad).

  • I sexed the Ukraine, and I knew I had it right by the way she screamed.