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Another year full of cockerels....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiekeeper, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    I'm just going to vent here for a bit if that's okay. Nearly every hatch I've had this year has been mostly cockerels. I had 6 hatch in March, 1 was a pullet. I had another hatch of 6 in June, and 1 appears to be a pullet. What am I doing wrong??? Shouldn't it be a 50/50 ratio at least? I have very bad chicken karma.
     
  2. grayjay11o

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    :hitChicken soup?
     
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  3. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    Vent away! Lol. Remember that the average is based on the law of LARGE numbers.

    Are you choosing the eggs or is someone else?
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Should be but isn't always. :he

    Actually, in chickens the hens' input determines offspring gender. Maybe you have a hen that only throws boys.

    Some call it bad chicken karma.. others call it good eatin'! :drool

    Agree with igor's mistress that small batches skew statistics.

    Hatch more girls! :fl:jumpy:jumpy
     
  5. Hobbits Mommie

    Hobbits Mommie Songster

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    Out of 25, only 5 of mine were pullets. Now, that's bad chicken Karma :bow
     
  6. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    One hatch was another person's eggs, and the other eggs were from my own flock.
     
  7. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    You poor, poor woman!
     
  8. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    If that is the case, I know which hen it is because, well, I only have one partridge hen. I only have one partridge hen this year because all my chicks last year ended up being cockerels too. :hit:hit
     
  9. so lucky

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    I wonder if anyone has done studies to see if there are variable factors that might influence chick sex. Thinking about things like ph, small variations in temperature, season, even phase of the moon.
     
  10. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    It seems to be the year of the cock, I was talking with a couple other members and they're having similar rates.
     

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