Chick sexing is the profession of separating newly hatched female from male chicks. Hatcheries employ chick sexors so that they don't waste money feeding the male chicks that aren't going to grow up to lay eggs.

Differentiating a male from a female chick is quite challenging, especially doing this quickly. The techniques for doing so were first developed in Japan and then brought to America, where Japanese-Americans dominated the industry for most of the 20th century.

The main industry organization was the National Chick Sexing Association and School. But a smaller school, based in Atlanta Georgia in the late 1940s, called itself Speed-O-Sex.

Gotta wonder if that name ever caused confusion among local residents.

More info: DiscoverNikkei.org

Chicago Japanese-American year book, 1947

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 16, 2023
     Category: Jobs and Occupations | Odd Names | Farming | 1940s

A while ago, I checked whether modern technology had eliminated the need for human chick sexers. It hadn't. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_sexing
Posted by ges on 10/16/23 at 09:21 AM
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