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Well, I've had pretty good luck hatching and raising my chicks for a beginner.  I've only lost one who looked underdeveloped.  My question is how can you determine sex in the egg.  I want hens and 3 out of 4 turn out to be roosters.  I'm over run with young roosters and only a few pullets.

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Here's a good way to tell.

this way to tell if it is a boy or a girl is not perfect, but it is a highly educated guess.

here is what you do, you can hold the chicken on its back.

If it starts kicking, then it is most likely a boy because boys tend to like to fight back.

If it kicks just a little or not at all it is most likely to be a girl.

You can also tell whether it is a boy or girl with a different method. 

You can hold it by the back of the neck like a cat would do to its chicken.

And the results of the first one apply.

Hope this helps!

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post #3 of 3

I believe the OP is asking how to tell the sex of a chick in the egg BEFORE it's hatched.  There have been a few people on BYC who are experimenting with egg shape as a determining factor.  You can type in Egg Shape Determining Sex in the search box above and see what it turns up.  A very dear friend of mine, Lazy Gardener, has been experimenting with this but I don't remember the details or results.  Good Luck - this is the Holy Grail of chicken production and I'd bet that if there was any surefire way to do this the hatcheries would have been all over it.

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