ok everyone, laugh if you want....but last year i hatched out a total of 4 silkie eggs (out of about 25 eggs...terrible hatch rate). anyway, i read about egg sexing....thread a needle and then dangle it over the egg (i waited till my eggs went into lockdown to do this). if it goes in a circle, it's a female, if it goes back and forth, it's a male. so i did it with all my eggs and marked each egg. then, i did the chick sexing thing when they were a couple days old. you hold the chick in your hand, on it's back, wait for it to settle down and if it's female it draws its legs up.....if it's male, it sticks them out straight. well, it turned out 100% right with all 4 chicks. and, being as they were silkies, took me forever to figure out! but outta all 4 eggs, 3 were roos and one was a pullet. maybe it was coincidence, but i'll be doing it again with my new hatchings this year.