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 tired of it. I spent $10 on each chick and there were six of them. That is one expensive $60 hen!
     
  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    I've read egg shape, temperature the first 5 days of incubation, use a ring on a string before you set them...there are so many things people say work :idunno

    Ironically I was reading not too long ago that the egg industry is working on a test, dna I think?, for the egg stage to find out sex so they don't have to deal with the backlash from how they deal with the baby cockerels.
     
  3. Hobbits Mommie

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    Were they supposed to be sexed? Tractor Supply sells them for sexed for just a few dollars...
     
  4. silkiekeeper

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    I wonder if the temperament of the flock's owner has any determination of chick gender. :he
     
  5. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    I have silkies so they can't be sexed without a DNA test.
     
  6. Hobbits Mommie

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    :lau:lau:lau:lau
     
  7. Kris5902

    Kris5902 Free Ranging

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    I’m also part of the boys club! Since my first dismal hatch with a 28% hatch rate which at least had a 50/50 gender split I’ve bought straight run chicks at 70% cockerel 4/14 and my last hatch was also skewed heavily to boys :he granted they keep running around so quickly it’s hard to get a good count, but definitely over 50%boys! There’s a bunch I’m looking at going “please be a girl, your comb is just a *little* pink...” lol, my excess boys will be becoming dinners if they aren’t chunky enough for selling :fl I already have too many Roosters I need to keep from my first hatch! (Genetic diversity and breeding purposes)
     
  8. silkiekeeper

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    Maybe I'd feel differently if I actually ate my roosters. I can't eat my pets, so I give them away to be eaten most of the time. Sometimes I can find people to take them as pets, but rarely.
     
  9. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    From what I've read and experienced gender is determined by the hen. Studies have shown that embryos stored at around 40°F will die more often if they are male. At day 4 of incubation, gender is determined.
     
  10. silkiekeeper

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    One week they have that sweet little twinkle in their eye resembling a pullet, and the next they have full waddles and comb.
     

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