hatching eggs ration of male/female

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Afterburner, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Afterburner

    Afterburner Songster

    Aug 19, 2010
    Vancouver, WA
    Generally, when hatching eggs, what is the ratio of boys to girls? I have heard everything from 3/1 leaning grils to 50/50. Is there a different ration when using an incubator compared to a broody hen? If my goal is six healthy hens, how man eggs should I start with in either case?

  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    Usually its 50/50. My Australorp hatched 7 eggs this last April. She had 5 boys and 2 girls. I just hatched 6 barred rocks that my girl decided to abandon her nest after 4 days, so they went into the incubator. They hatched July 30th I have 3 boys and 3 girls. You just never know how many of each you will get. I would say set at least twice as many as you want. Then you have the problem of what to do with the boys unless you want to raise them for meat.
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    50/50 ....but sometimes you get lucky and get more hens....sometimes more roos. Makes no difference who hatchs, what temps are used, brand of incubator or what your broody looks like. Just a coin toss every time.
    [​IMG] a really fun coin toss though. I love incubating!! Someday maybe I will be lucky enough to get a broody... and I am sure I will love it just as much.
  4. Afterburner

    Afterburner Songster

    Aug 19, 2010
    Vancouver, WA
    Could I use just a heatlamp for a brooder if my broody hen abandons the eggs mid sitting? If so, could I slip the chicks back underneath her sometime in the night and have her care for them without ill effects?
  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Quote:Brooders are used for hatchlings to take the place of mom for warmth and where you feed and water them. An incubator is for hatching eggs. I have seen posts of people trying to use a box and heat lamp, but they are not very successful.

  6. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Songster

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    It seems as though you always get more roos. I hatched chicks this spring, and got 3 roos, 2 hens. [​IMG] I have several eggs under 3 broodies right now-----let see what happens.
  7. Chickangel79

    Chickangel79 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    United Kingdom Suffolk
    I got lucky last month, 7 girls 3 boys, but this month both the autosex eggs were boys !
    I had 4 cream legbar eggs and got two of each. Incubator hatching each time. It all adds to the excitement of hatching !
  8. scottfarm

    scottfarm Songster

    Jun 25, 2010
    you just never know what you will get. i hached this yr some hatches had more girls and few boys other hatches had lots boys few girls. i think that just part of hatching never know what you will get.
  9. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    In a book on hatching , I read that 50-55 % are boys. This is average! Do a zillion hatches, then average the numbers. Because as you know, individual hatches vary. THis is a phnomenon across most species of animals as the males have a higher death rate than females. THen as adult there are more females than males in most populations.

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