I thought I wanted a new job…

chickensA couple of weeks ago I met a lady on the plane back from Melbourne who works as a chicken sexer. Of course, I must really live in a bubble as I had no idea what that was so even looked it up before we took off. I had quite a laugh with this woman, and suggested I might even want her job! She said when she wants to have a lend of someone, she tells them she is a sex worker, and if you had been sitting in my seat and chatting to her you would have cracked up laughing (as it did me) as the sex industry did not come to mind, not even remotely when looking and listening to this delightful mature woman.

This does of course seem rather a random topic for my blog, and it’s not even Tuesday, but after the last few days, I, and perhaps you, need some light relief! So here’s a bit of random Friday humour blog to end the week with, and perhaps it will even inform you on something I (happily) admit I knew nothing about!

Anyway, I thought I wanted a new job…until I read more about what a chicken sexer actually does, although if I could do it using intuition, it might not be so bad as I do quite like chickens!

Oh, and I am a bit of a chicken some of the time as Shibley Rahman well knows! bock bock bock…

In order to enlighten those of you who might just want my new job, more information, or simply want to read about how fascinating it is (?!)… interestingly this career may even be more about intuition than pure ability, and I am definitely ‘into’ intuition.

Business Insider Australia wrote an article, The Incredible Intuition Of Professional Chicken Sexers. “In the book Incognito by David Eagelman, the author discusses the strange nature of chicken sexing. This is the valuable process of separating female and male chicks as soon as possible, because each sex has different diets and endgames (most males are just destroyed). The mystery is that when you look at the vent in the chick’s rear, some people just know which are female. It is impossible to articulate, so the Japanese figured out how to teach this inarticulate knowledge. The student would pick up a chick, examine its rear, and toss it into a bin. The master would then say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ based on his generally correct observation. After a few weeks, the student’s brain was trained to masterful levels.” To read the whole article follow the link in the title.

What do Chicken Sexers do? “Chicken Sexer is one of those jobs no one ever hears about (though they should, check out that title!), even if everyone sees the product of their work every day. A Chicken Sexer gets eggs on grocery store shelves and chicken breasts on restaurant plates.

Chicken Sexers are primarily hired by large chicken farms. On big operations, tons of chicks are born every day, and you need to know their sex fast. Males and females have different purposes—females lay eggs and males provide the majority of the meat sold. With their different purposes come different paths or nutrition strategies. For example, on egg farms, male chicks are useless and killed almost immediately, while female chicks are given food and hormones to speed up their growth and egg production.

There are two primary techniques for chicken sexing. The first is known as feather sexing. This is when the chicks are specially bred to produce feathers that look different on males and females. Vent sexing, on the other hand, is more hands-on. In this method, you literally squeeze the poop out of the chicks in order to see inside their intestines, where you look for their sex organs. Once you figure out the chicks’ sex, you separate them and move them on to their next destinations.

This job requires hours of standing and concentration. You deal with thousands of chicks a day and do the same thing over and over. However, in some parts of the world, this is a revered industry—there’s even a worldwide chicken sexing competition.”

What really amused me was this:

Should I be a Chicken Sexer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:

  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

Hmmm. Calm. Yes. Trustworthy. Yes, any employee should be. Logical thinker. Yes. High school degree or higher…. Yes, but, really?

No offense to any chicken sexers, but of all the things to do after spending a small fortune on a tertiary education, and then go into a chicken sexing career. Why not save the uni fees, do it straight from school and buy yourself a house!?
Oh, and I am really hoping this blog doesn’t bring out all the porn SPAM… perhaps the one downside of publishing it. If it suddenly disappears from my site, you will know why.

11 thoughts on “I thought I wanted a new job…

      • and an email comment from a friend… KB… it is of course, not such a humane practice, and perhaps why we should all give up meat?

        “Seriously? Did you really sit next to a chicken sexer?

        What an awful job! The males aren’t killed ‘humanely’ – they are thrown down a chute into a mausellator (meat grinder) which chomps them to death. Poor little chicks.

        So we can eat eggs….. I am guilty 😦
        Even having my own chickens/eggs won’t stop the industry of chicken production, nor will my buying ‘free range’ either I suspect (though I call an absolute halt at caged chickens- which should not even be an option)

        I would like to see the funny side, but can’t knowing the cruelty…

        Still love you, still a great blog xxxxx”


  1. Maybe this year, the person who se*ed our baby chicks, needed that higher education. Alas… 25% of our “egg laying chicks” grew into cockerels/roosters. Egg production is down this year 😦


  2. Brightened my Friday Kate – there’s a job for everyone to allow them to feather their nest. Try this old tongue twister – I’m not the chicken plucker; I’m the chicken plucker’s son; but I’ll pluck chickens ’til the chicken plucker comes. As you say … bock, bock, bock.


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