Does hen determine sex of chick?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by they'reHISchickens, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I recalled reading somewhere that it's the hen who determines the sex of the chick, not the rooster ( as in some other species.) Can anyone verify this? I have a blue egg layer who has produced out a good percentage of females in two batches and if the hen determines things, I may keep her just for producing hatching eggs.
     
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yes, the hen is the determining gender. She is ZW while the male is ZZ.
     
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, you just gained Spreckles a pardon til next spring! I'm curious if she can keep up her 6 out of 8 ratio. Small sample, I know, but her first hatch was 5 out of 6 and she is a good layer.
     

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