Do eggs look different if there is a hen or a roo inside?

chick4chix

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I have a dear old friend who grew up on a chicken farm in another country without power. She knows how to do many things and although she does not have chickens now, she has incredible organic gardens, orchards and seems to have an answer for just about any problem I come up against in my garden- and her solutions work. She is like a walking encyclopedia of folk wisdom.

She has informed me recently (since I've been talking of hatching fertile eggs) that you can tell a rooster in an egg from a hen. She said the rooster egg will be more pointed on the small end - more like a torpedo and the hen egg will be more round. it's not 100% accurate but she said on their farm they went by that- and it proved very helpful. This is in comparison within the same breed of chicken and holds true no matter what breed.

Has anyone else out there heard of this method- or had any experience with sexing inside the egg? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for your stories in advance.
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canada-goose

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That is a very common myth but a myth nonetheless. You could try it though! It would be sooo cool if it worked!
 

bargain

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I tried this theory of pointed - rooster and rounded hen and put only rounded in and had more roosters than I ever had before, so I think that doesn't work.

I've tried the string and the weight. - no luck there either.....

Try searching the board for something to do with temperatures during hatch producing more of one than another.

And pm me if you find the secret to this!

Thanks and have a blessed day!
 

PortageGirl

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I've heard it too, but I'm pretty sure it IS a myth, my aunt who always had chickens laughed at it and so did an old grandpa who had lots of experience.

On a separate note, I was searching around for some other info, and read today that in 'some' studies, the great diets we provide our hens mean that they produce more cockerel chicks (the theory being that this is so there isn't a huge population explosion of hens being hatched and hatching more and more hens) and if the feed is less than adequate, they tend to hatch more pullet chicks, so there are enough hens to promote the species in leaner times. I’m not willing to test this, but thought it was interesting.
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chick4chix

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lol - Bargain! That sounds like the time I bought 8 straight-run day old chicks thinking I'd end up 50/50 and praying for only 1 roo and ended up with 7 roosters!!! Definitely beat the odds- but not in a good way
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Portage girl- that is interesting- I wouldn't want to try that one either- but it's an interesting thought.
 
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cassie

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I am sure it works 50% of the time. If it were true, think of all the money hatcheries would save by not hatching all those males of the layer breeds if they could sex the chicks by just looking at the eggs before they put them in the incubator.
 

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