Can you really tell the sex from the shape of the egg???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Granolamom, May 11, 2009.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband met a man who's raised chickens for 45 years, who told him that you can tell the sex of a potential chick from the shape of the egg.
    According to the "eggspert", if the egg is elongated, with a pointy top, it's a rooster. If it's round, with a wide, round top, it's a hen.
    Has anyone ever found this to be true?
    We have a hen who just went broody, and want to put some eggs under her, but would love to have only girls hatching....[​IMG]
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    eggscellent story, but no truth to it.
     
  3. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    :idunnoHuh? I guess I'll be looking at my eggs a little closer! LOL!
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    There are tons of tales like this floating around. It's doubtful
    many are true.

    I heard if you sing Elvis songs to your eggs it will increase your
    rooster rate. [​IMG]
     
  5. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This "old wives tale" pops up even more regularly than tax increases. No one has ever been able to prove that it is correct, but the fable just won't die. Kind of like the gold ring on a silk thread method of sexing anything. If it was an effective method, everyone would be using it. That said, it can't hurt to "give it a go" and see how it turns out. A perfectly good reason to set some more eggs.

    Jim
     
  6. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt anyone needs help with that. The roos seem to do just fine on their own! Of the 4 that hatched yesterday morning, 3 of them have little combs whereas the last one doesn't. I'm hoping some of them are still hens and just early bloomers!
     
  7. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol wow thats a wild story.. I never heard of that!!
     
  8. addicted2chicks

    addicted2chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was true I am sure hatcheries would hatch mostly girl eggs and avoid using the space for roosters in which no one wants.
     
  9. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote::O so thats what happened!!!! Thats it elvis has left this building, I can't take any more roosters hatching !!! [​IMG]


    As for the shape of eggs determining the sex of the chick, I heard this as well and tried it to see,,, still 90% roosters hatched out of roundish eggs so i say its a crock too
     
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  10. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If only it was that simple ... there'd be a WHOLE LOT more roosters getting made into breakfast!
     

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