All Cockerels (almost)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bornacentury2L8, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Bornacentury2L8

    Bornacentury2L8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the spring I incubated and hatched a few dozen eggs and they have almost all turned out to be male. Does temp determine the sex? I guess I should know this. I have 1 pullet and 6 cockerels after die-off and giving some away. Oh... anyone need some cockerels.....[​IMG]
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Nope... if temperature, or shape of the egg, etc, had anything to do with it, the hatcheries would be doing it already. [​IMG]
    Just the luck of the draw.
     
  3. Bornacentury2L8

    Bornacentury2L8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good. I was afraid I did something wrong... Thank you.

    HEY! This gives me an excuse to crank up the bator again!!![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    [​IMG] Like we need an excuse... [​IMG]

    You're welcome. [​IMG]
     
  5. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a chromosome thing, fairly similar to the XX vs XY in mammals. In birds, males are homogametic (ZZ) and females are heterogametic (ZW). You'll usually get about a 50/50 split, though there are some studies that show that outside factors such as the age of males or availability of resources may provoke a slight skew. No, there's nothing you've done wrong.
     

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