Does anyone else do this?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by QBRanch, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. QBRanch

    QBRanch In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    My grandfather taught me a trick to sex eggs. From the time they were layed, I am not sure if it works for every breed but it worked 72% of the time for our RIR and NHR.

    We would look at each egg. So if we wanted more hens then roosters we would look at the shape. More of a point means rooster and more rounded means hen.

    Does anyone else do this or tried with other breeds?
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2008

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Sounds like a tale my wife would tell and not only is she getting more advanced in age, we've been married a LONG time.
  3. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    Never heard of it but it sounds neat. That isn't a bad percentage either for doing it that way.
  4. arabookworm

    arabookworm Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I heard of this too and decided to mark each egg depending on what the shape was and see if im right
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My dad claims this works as well, but he thinks it's ok to keep 45 chickens in a 5x5 coop, with a 6x20 run!

  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I think it's a tale, kind of like if you keep the bator temp different you will get hens/roos. BUT, If it works for you then thats awesome !!!! Good luck !!
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I've never heard that before, but will definitely try it in the spring when I get my bator out again. [​IMG]
  8. I have heard of this. Do not know if it is a wives tales or not. I am sure someone somewhere has made an excel spread sheet and taken careful and thourough notes on the eggs and what came out of them. Would have to mark each egg and chick that emerged and then waited to see if it was a roo or hen. WOW, sounds like a lot of work.

    WAIT !! here it is, my ticket to having to incubate LOTS AND LOTS of eggs to see if this is a fact or not. Hmmmmmm, you know that the scientific theories require alot of data (eggs incubating) to really get a good footing on such a project.

    I will approach the wife with this this evening !! (did I just say this, this ??)

    I even have excel on my computer !! Well heck, were there is a will there is a way. WANNA BET THE OUTCOME !???
  9. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I tried that theory with a batch of eggs and a broody hen, took only the rounded looking eggs and set them under her..... out of 8 eggs 5 ended up to be roosters.

  10. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:You mean it's not [​IMG]

    Only kidding! I have 7 in an 8 x 8 coop and an 8 x 12 run

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