Anyone ever hear this before?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Big dreams, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading on the Mother earth news page and ran across this:

    Although I raised chickens for many years, I never knew this helpful hint until my farmer neighbor told me. When your hen is sitting on eggs in her nest and you don't want any new roosters around, remove any eggs that come to a point. These are the male eggs. Let the hen hatch only the rounded eggs and they will all be females - no roosters in that batch!

    Anyone ever try this or hear it before?
     
  2. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, and I think it is one of those old tales that got told and passed around. it is not true. perfectly round eggs can hatch as a rooster. the shape of the egg makes no difference.
     
  3. krstms

    krstms MO Hick Chick

    Sep 23, 2009
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    My buff orpingtons only lay rounded eggs and my white rocks only lay pointy eggs so I doubt thats true. but who knows.
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If this were true, wouldn't the commercial hatcheries use it as a method to ensure they only get the gender they want, instead of having the cull all the males after hatching?
     
  5. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's like hanging a chick upside down to find out if it is a rooster or not, works 50% of the time. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Yup, it works! It's true.

    50% of the time!
     
  7. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's absolutely true. When a rooster hatches you'll just hear "you must have missed the point".
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  8. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, and as has been implied. It's total BS. Or hatcheries wouldn't waste hundreds of thousands of dollars hatching roo chicks.
     
  10. WitksChicks

    WitksChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Absolutely a [​IMG] "point".
     

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