Article I read...what do you think?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by realtreegirl, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. realtreegirl

    realtreegirl Chirping

    Jul 25, 2013
    This is from mother earth news...I will def pay attention just to see of it is correct or not. Makes me go hmmmm ;)

    “Don't count your chickens before they're hatched,” the old saving goes. True, you can't be sure any given egg will produce a live chick, but you can make a pretty good guess at the hypothetical bird's sex before the smallest crack appears in its shell. When you're buying fertilized chicken eggs or choosing which eggs to hatch from your own flock, there's just one simple method to keep in mind. It's quick, easy, works for all breeds and is so reliable that we raised 23 pullets from 23 carefully chosen eggs!
    Here's the secret: If you want your brood to be mostly female, select and incubate only the most nearly oval eggs. Those with a noticeably pointed end produce cockerels. Many of the chicks-to-be you examine, of course (especially the first time you try this idea), will fall into an indeterminate range, so pick only the most clearly oval shapes if you want to hatch future layers.
    Commercial breeders cull and hatch their "female" eggs because pullets bring a higher price. Therefore, a fertile batch of "straight-run" eggs bought from a big dealer is likely to contain mostly indeterminate and pointed discards and give you considerably less than a 50/50 chance of hatching female chicks. To improve the odds, choose from your own hens' layings or ask a local chicken raiser to save his most obviously oval finds for you.
    Sound hard to believe? The first time I heard of this trick, I thought someone was pulling my only-recently-rural leg. But try it — it works!

  2. Not true.
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  3. Chicken-Farmer

    Chicken-Farmer Chirping

    Jan 12, 2012
    If this method worked then commercial Hatcheries would not need to employ chicken Sexers at great expense. Furthermore they would not be overrun with male chicks, because they would simple not hatch any out. It is impossible to determine the sex of the bird before they hatch.
  4. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

    Sounds scientifically bunk to me. You would see the shape of the egg from a given hen vary around 50% of the time which hasn't been true for anyone I know. However, you know those who reads this thread and incubate will secretly have to give it a try. [​IMG]
  5. Chicken-Farmer

    Chicken-Farmer Chirping

    Jan 12, 2012
    There are several wives tales about determining the sex of chickens:

    Hold a gold ring on a chain over the chicks head and if it moves straight back and forth male and if it circles it's female

    Dangle a chick by its neck. If it scrunched its legs up its a male and if it dangles it's legs it's a female.

    Incubating at certain temperatures will either produce males or females.

    All hogwash, or just by chance the method worked for someone once and was passed down as truth.

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