Everyone! i need some very educated persons Help!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by frankie5316, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. frankie5316

    frankie5316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I Need to know how the whole reproductive system of chickens work. Specifically, Is the sex of a chick determined by the or the rooster? does it work the same with chickens as it does with people? This is for a science fair project im working very hard on!!! please help!
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sex of the chick is determined by the hen.
     
  3. Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually I believe it is not really known 100 percent.[​IMG] This article may be a bit too complex:

    http://www.nature.com/embor/journal/v2/n3/full/embor459.html

    Try searching nature.com. There is a good one there.

    The interesting thing is that in turtles and other reptiles, it can be determined by the temperature of incubation! I wonder if that is ever true with chickens?[​IMG]
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Nope, the sex of a chick is determined by the hen.
     
  5. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup, by the hen. she determines if the chick gets the Y or X chromosome. the roo is already giving the X, because his cromosomes are XX. he can only give the chromosome he has, so he gives the X, the hen just randomly gives either.
     
  6. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

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