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Here is a link on one way to sex a youngster:
http://www.pipa.be/artikelsnew/martind/sexen.htm

This method seems to rely on reflex muscles.

(I've never tried it because I am afraid to pull their beaks so I use the butt(anus) method --smiling = cock, frowning = hen.) I seem to be 90 % accurate on the butt method, but I only have an avenue of the first week to test it. This site believes it, too :http://www.tourdesmaritimes.com/Eyesign/Eyesign101/Sexing.htm

I am still in search of sexing technique on youngsters that are between 2 months old up to 4-6 months old. After that their adult behaviors may show/imply their sex.
 

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same here
Im gonna try it with this pair of babies that just hatched this weekend when they get old enough
it would be GREAT if this works for me 99% of the time lol
 

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Please do! And keep records to see if it works. I am just a coward pulling their beaks. That reflex action seems logical.
 

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i tried it with the 2, 23 day old squabs and shows that they are both hens. Squabs are from different pairs by the way. One more week and i will try it on 4 more since they would be old enough.
 

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I met a guy once that told me if your flip the bird on its back, males will automatically flip over, and females will stay there a few seconds longer...Didn't seem right to me, but has anyone else heard this one?
 

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Do you guys realize that people have been trying to figure out how to sex young pigeons for longer than any of us have been alive?
Tell me a logical reason why one sex would raise their tail and the other lower it's tail if it's beak is pulled. What would be the theory behind that?
Unless the breeding pair is a sex linked pairing OR you have some DNA tests done, you can NOT tell the sex of a pigeon until that pigeon tells YOU what it's sex is by it's actions.
You can pull it's beak, check it's toes, finger it's butt, LOOK at it's butt, swing a magnet over it's head, look at it's head, it's size overall.........do whatever you want to do, but you still don't KNOW for 100% sure that it's a male or female.
What's the big deal in knowing in the first place? Why is it so important that we KNOW the sex of a pigeon before we NEED to know?
If there was a sure fired way to sex a pigeon, the "experts" would have figured it out long ago and the pigeon breeder big boys would sell you a squeaker and guarantee with money back that it's a cock or hen. I don't think any of them are willing to do that, because they DON'T KNOW.....
 

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Renee is no doubt spot-on with her comments, but there is something about the speculation and witchdoctor aura that gets us in every time - and hey, what does it hurt to try out a new 'method' for the fun of it and see what the result is? I was certainly entertained enough to try the beak and tail method on my little Godrey who is just the right age, and 4 or 5 tweaks all told me that perhaps Godfrey might become Lady Godiva! There are certainly differing behaviours in young humans, dependent on sex, so it just may be possible (though I admit not very likely) that tail pointing is sex-linked in pigeons. Of course such methods could never be 100% (look at how many little girl tomboys exist, for instance) - but it is in the realms of possibility that there is some correlation. Why do we want to know the sex early? Well, if you are like me, with a very small number of pigeons and an imbalance in sexes, the sex of a hatchling is an important matter, and while we never know for sure until much later, it soothes our curiosity to think that we might know. So, thanks Rod for inspiring a little fun in my loft (Godrey/Lady Godiva didn't mind the beak tweaking one bit) and I'll let you all know in due course the result of my huge sampling of 1!:;):D
 

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Renee is no doubt spot-on with her comments, but there is something about the speculation and witchdoctor aura that gets us in every time - and hey, what does it hurt to try out a new 'method' for the fun of it and see what the result is? I was certainly entertained enough to try the beak and tail method on my little Godrey who is just the right age, and 4 or 5 tweaks all told me that perhaps Godfrey might become Lady Godiva! There are certainly differing behaviours in young humans, dependent on sex, so it just may be possible (though I admit not very likely) that tail pointing is sex-linked in pigeons. Of course such methods could never be 100% (look at how many little girl tomboys exist, for instance) - but it is in the realms of possibility that there is some correlation. Why do we want to know the sex early? Well, if you are like me, with a very small number of pigeons and an imbalance in sexes, the sex of a hatchling is an important matter, and while we never know for sure until much later, it soothes our curiosity to think that we might know. So, thanks Rod for inspiring a little fun in my loft (Godrey/Lady Godiva didn't mind the beak tweaking one bit) and I'll let you all know in due course the result of my huge sampling of 1!:;):D
I agree Renee you are 99% right with your posts. But what is it going to hurt if we try these ways of sexing a pigeon. And what it is kind of fun and interesting to try these ways out. ANd what if someone did come across a way to successfully sex a pigeon. It's kind of like thomas edison and the light bulb.

When asked about it,
Edison allegedly said, "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have
successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."

And basically why not try?
 

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OK. Yall pull beaks and whatever.........didn't mean to rain on your parade.........just seems that every time this comes up, everybody gets so excited about "sexing their pigeons".........like it all something new.
I didn't say don't try it. I will say don't depend on it though, because, one more time........if there was a way to sex pigeons, someone, somewhere would have figured it out by now.
Yall have fun. I have fun actually watching my birds and trying to figure out what sex they are by the way they are behaving......much more fun IMO, than pulling beaks and lookin' at butts........LOL
 

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Renee, right on!!! So... is there not something more important people can do to help there pigeons than pull beaks, YADA, YADA? were is the fun? Levi in the others would say, Just think about it! (so would George).
I have never thought it was fun to use methods discounted Years ago...
Spirit wings, you are excluded from my scorn!;) LOL!
If People are so bored, they should sit down and WATCH their Birds for a while, THEN you will learn something.
As Becky said, and i have, and been ignored, the ONLY semi accurate way to sex a 2 or three Month old Bird is by the Pubic bones..... NO MYTH!
It just takes practice, and knowing your family of birds... Dave
 
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