Hen to Rooster hatching ratio

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sweetshoplady, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I hope this is in the right place

    Is it a 50/50 chance of an egg being a rooster or a hen or are hens more common?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD


    Sometimes better luck than others, but ultimately 50/50
  3. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    San Martin, Ca
    Quote:I guess I was lucky when my husband and I moved to the property we are on there was a hen w/ 10 babies (she hatched them herself) that were left when we got here. There were 8 females and 2 males out of the 10. Guess I was lucky.

    I am getting some eggs from Dipsy, Eggchel and from an ebay auction I won. I am hoping (keeping fingers crossed) that there will be more females than males.

  4. Bantymama

    Bantymama Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Last spring i hatched out 7 eggs i got 5 roos and 2 hens. Then the same hen went broody and she had 9 eggs and hatched 5 roos and 4 hens. Same roo for both batchs. On the second batch i was able to tell what they were after a week old by the color and pattern of the chicks.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    50/50 over time or in large numbers. It's an average and can vary greatly in smal samples.
    I once got 3 dozen Bantam R I Red eggs. They hatched great- 33 of the 36 hatched.............

    29 Cockerels and 4 Pullets.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yes, averages over big numbers... I hatched out 18 leghorns once. 50/50.... then hatched out 6 silkies... 5 boys!!!!! :eek:
  7. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    LOL, NYREDS on 29 cockerels. Yep, it's just like a coin toss, a 50/50 chance each toss. It's possible to toss that coin and come up with heads 20 times in a row. Not likely, but possible.

    I will add this: there's been some talk on other boards about nutrition playing a role. Because, apparently, there's some evidence that well-fed hens produce slightly more female offspring. Now, don't quote me on that. I only remember seeing it discussed a bit. Maybe someone else knows more about it.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2008

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