Dowsing for egg sex-to-be

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rSpriggs, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    One of the blessings of being less knowledgeable about poultry than many of our other members is, I don't know that something won't work!

    I've used dowsing / pendulums for finding underground water & power lines (ditch digging is not a hobby, so when something like this works for me, I remember it well!). Also for other things.

    I asked to "show me yes" - was a vertical swing. "Show me no" was a horizontal swing.

    So, I asked:
    1- Is this a fertile, viable egg that will develop?
    2- Would this develop into a male / cockerel / rooster?
    3- Would this develop into a female / pullet / hen?

    I ended up with, supposedly, 25 female-to-be eggs. I probably discarded (burp) about the same number of males. Only a couple indicated they were not fertile / viable. I'd already dismissed a number that I'd felt were cold-damaged (hey, we're in record-breaking snow, and we had a week of sub-zero here in N. Idaho!).

    Ennyway, they got started in the bator on Christmas Day. Time will tell how accurate this technique - or the operator - is.

    Just wondering if any others out there have tried this, and their success rate?

    Thanks!

    Russ
     
  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Iv'e read a few post on here about people trying it. Many replys were it doesnt work or its an old tale !!

    Other said they did it to there hatching eggs and it was way off.

    Will be interesting to see how it turns out for you !!

    Good luck on your hatch !!
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I wanted to drop a note to you that I experimented with some cold eggs (here in Eastern Idaho it's been cold and snowy too). I set 4 eggs that I found in a nest the chickens had created outside of the coop in single digit weather and 3 of them hatched. I didn't figure they would make it but they did.
     
  4. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Will be watching your experiment, as my daughter and I plan to do a similar one in Spring 2009. Should be interesting seeing how this goes!
     
  5. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, Sevier County!
    Knoxville was a former home of mine - Tazewell Pike area.

    Thanks for the feedback-
    anxious to hear what others have to say!
     
  6. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I can predetermine the sex of any unhatched chick with 50% accuarcy. [​IMG]
     
  7. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    There is one guy that goes to a local poultry auction around here and swears by the method. Let us know how it works out i'm curious.

    Steve in NC


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  8. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll keep you informed; this is only Day 7!
     
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:Sheesh, and you left for the plains?
    I need my mountains.

    What kind of chicken are you hatching?
    so there are 14 days until they hatch and ____ days (weeks) until you can tell if you got any cockerals, right?
     
  10. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    No plains where I'm at!
    There's some prairie to the south, but we're similar to Knoxville / Asheville, here . . . 3000 - 3500 elev, & my deck looks out onto Hoodoo Mtn, another 1000 ft higher.

    Yep, another couple weeks to hatch, + ? for determining . . .

    So, have you heard anything about suspending a chiclet upside down by its feet, & determining its sex that way?

    Anyone?
     

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