Can anyone sex chicks by egg shape??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GhostRider65, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. bimbals

    bimbals Just Hatched

    Just though I'd share. After researching the same rumour, I set 7 eggs all the most rounded I could gather over a few days from my mixed flock (so each egg was a different breed). I have now sexed the chicks at a day old by their wing feathers and I have 5 hens and 1 cockerel (1 died at pipping stage). I class this as a successful experiment! Please post up more results, keep this thread going...................................[​IMG]
  2. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    Cool! I am going to try this even though it doesn't sound true........
  3. orinator

    orinator New Egg

    Mar 27, 2014
    We just set 17 eggs in an incubator today. I heard this theory when I was a kid in the 70s. My kids are going to be documenting the process thoroughly for their next science fair project. The hypothesis: Rounded eggs are an indication of female and longer, pointed eggs are an indication of male.

    We've marked the tops of each egg with arrows (male) or pluses (female). After they hatch we'll mark each chick with either pink or blue, depending on the shell they came out of.

    I'm fairly convinced that this is an old farmers' tale but it should be fun. I'll post the results when we have them.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014
  4. jengro65

    jengro65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2011
    Morgantown, WV
    Oh please do:) Our first broody hatch was 7 "round" eggs....we got 5 girls and 2 boys. Of course it was just coincidence but still it was fun!
  5. amyjohn85

    amyjohn85 New Egg

    Apr 28, 2014
    Fritch, TX.
    My chicks are just babies too, but I have a friend who has hundreds of chickens and he sexes his eggs by the shape. He only incubates the sex that he needs.
  6. aidensmomma

    aidensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2011
    North Central Florida
    Clearly this sounds like a case of confirmation bias, but I'm going to join anyway...I'm going to hatch some babies for a friend and I'm going to pick the roundest eggs I can find....I'll post an update in a few months! ha ha. I think in cases where it sounds too easy to be true, it probably is!
    mississippifarmboy, you made me quite literally LOL.
  7. slavedriver01

    slavedriver01 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2014
    Soooo how did all the experiments go??
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Do you know they are such that they can be feather sexed? Many cannot unless they are bred for that trait. It's a misconception that all chicks can be feather sexed.

    There is absolutely not truth about the egg shape determining sex. If so, then no pointy eggs would ever yield pullets and no rounded eggs would ever yield cockerels, but they certainly do.
  9. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    What are the results? A friend of mine says he gets 80 percent females using this method! Must be true!:lol:
  10. KirstieJG

    KirstieJG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2015

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