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Does the food chickens eat/drink help determine the chicks sex

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by max101, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if giving hens certain feed or water causes more hens or roosters to be born.
    In humans some people believe that if a female eats more acidity food they will produce a boy.
    Eating alkaline foods produces girls.
    Has anyone noticed any difference??
    Is apple cider vinegar acid or alkaline????
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. If there was a way to get more female than male the hatcheries wouldn't have so many male chicks to dispose of.
     
  3. Galaxiedriver

    Galaxiedriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In humans it is the male that determines the sex of offspring. In birds it is the female. I don't know if diet has much to do with it in either species.
     
  4. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Must be an "old hen's tale"... [​IMG] cider vinegar is acidic, btw
     
  5. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope!
     
  6. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

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    That would be interesting to know, but I seriously doubt it...

    I have heard that if you raise the temperature at a certian point during incubation, it will [​IMG] some of the little roosters.

    Im not sure if thats true, but I have heard it from more than one person.
     
  7. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a thread on here somewhere, some hormone in the female DOES result in more females.. something like 40% more.. but its very recent research and not likely that it is practical yet

    but hey, try it :p cant hurt
     

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