Hatching female chicks method

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CherriesBrood, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. CherriesBrood

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    Hello, I have been recently trying different methods for hatching female chicks. There is one method of rounder eggs being females and pointed eggs being males, I do believe that is true to a point, but it doesn't work that well. I have recently had a friend tell me another method she says it works for her, but I have yet to try it. If you put your hatching eggs in the refrigerator for a couple of days it will kill all of the males so only the female eggs will hatch. So from what I understand less eggs will hatch but the ones that do hatch will only be females. I haven't gotten a chance to test this out yet I don't think I'll be able to hatch until the end of this year, but in the meantime I was curious if any of you would like to try it out and see what the results are. Also lets have this as a discussion thread for sexing eggs. Any thoughts on this new method?
     
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  2. chickengeorgeto

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    I am sorry but specially trained Japanese chick sexing experts make a VERY good living sexing day old baby chicks and even then they are wrong about 5 to 10 percent of the time. I can assure you that if a less expensive way to sex chicks existed that Perdue, Con-Agra, Tyson, or Ross Breeders would have discovered it years ago, especially since a slight difference in incubation temps in Alligator eggs result in all male or all female gators. That being the case every temperature differential methoid known to man has been tried, all to no effect. But remember that gators are reptiles a whole other branch on the species tree of life, and any resemblance that an alligator has to a chicken is purely coincidental.
     
  3. CherriesBrood

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    Well I was just going to have this as a home method to use. I'm not saying that you will get females all of the time from this you will likely get a male here or there, but i think it could help. This method could be expensive for the hatcheries so maybe they use another method, but it could still work and be a great method for home incubators. I have heard of the alligator eggs temperature impact, but that doesn't mean that it can't work on chicken eggs. Thanks for your opinion. :) You could be it, but It's still worth a try.

    I'd like to see different people try this out and see what everyone's results are if some people want to experiment. :)
     
  4. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol If the round egg method were true, then my EE would only produce hens as all of her eggs are large and round.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

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    Experimentation is how Cavemen discovered that Mastodon meat puts pep-in-your-step so never be afraid to experiment because that is how we learn new things. In other words the bravest man in the history of the world was not the dude who ate the first oyster-on-the-half-shell but rather the Red Neck like myself who first conked a living breathing Mastodon on the noggin.

    I would like to know how low of a temperature and for how long you intend on exposing you precursor female eggs to before you pop them in the incubator. Be sure to keep us informed every few days.
     
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  6. AtlantisPeeps

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    I think egg shape is based off of then hen who lays it. My Buff Orpington lays narrow, very long pointed eggs and all her babies have been female!

    As for temp, I believe that lower temps produce females! My last hatch in a still air (should be at 102") I incubated at 99.5 which is low for a still air. Only 4/21 were male!!!
     
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  7. CherriesBrood

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    Yes me too, I might have to do some hatching soon for friends, see if anybody wants chicks, I don't have room currently.


    I have to agree with you though I find this method isn't that effect, but once in awhile I will find that it works to a point.


    I had a buff too, she laid pointed eggs but every time I hatched they always turned out to be boys. I have a black copper maran and every time I hatch her eggs they always turn out to be females. Not one has been a male.
     
  8. ChickNanny13

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    There is a thread for "Sexing Eggs" and another keeping record on everyones results. Wish I could participate but can't keep a Cockerel.
     
  9. CherriesBrood

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    Yes i actually joined it and did my own experiment suprisingly i got really great results i got six round eggs to hatch and 5 turned out to be females then i got 3 pointed eggs to hatch and they were all males. Im wanting to see if there are any other techniques. Thats why im asking peoples opinion on this one plus if they have any other ideas for different techniques. I know that other method worked great for me but not many others. Im really wanting to try this method out but i have no more room for any chicks. Im already over my limit as it is. :/
     
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  10. Weehopper

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    That is very interesting! Need to do it a few more times with the same number of eggs. Hmm, I wonder if this might mean the likelihood that my EE hen will produce females is higher. I can test it next year.
     

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