Short-Term Course on Chick Vent Sexing at CARI, Izatnagar

20th January 2014, Izatnagar

An International Short-Term Course on Chick Vent Sexing was started on 20th January, 2014 at Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar. Duration of the programme is 30 days and valedictory function will be held on 18th February, 2014.

Dr. J.M. Kataria, Director, Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar is leading the training as Course Director with Dr J.S. Tyagi, In-charge, Experimental Hatchery; and P.K. Tyagi, Head, PGET as course coordinators. Subject matter experts and resource persons are imparting skill oriented vent sexing techniques to the participants. Screening/differentiating male and female commercial White Leghorn as well as Broiler day old chicks based on the appearance, shape, size and texture of vent prominences are being focused especially. Procedures to confirm the results of the screening either through laparotomy or PCR based technique are also being taught.

Six trainees from Nigeria are attending the proramme. Course is sponsored by West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) arranged through Agrinnovate India Limited, New Delhi.

Vent sexing is an important tool for the profitability of Commercial Layer operations and is practiced in care and maintenance of breeder stocks. By chick sexing, male chicks can easily be separated within 24 hours of hatching and readily discarded by layer/breeders instead of waiting for several weeks until the sex differences are marked.

(Source: Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar)