Humidity Temp increase odds to hatch hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Froghorn, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Froghorn

    Froghorn In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    I have heard and read many times that a certain humidity or temp in the incubator will increase the odds of hatching and producing hens. Does anyone have any info on this or know what those temps and humidity should be? Where would I go to get this info?
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Old wives tails. None are true. Chicken sex is determined genetically at conception.

    You can run the temp to high an more males tend to die than the females but you lose both.
  3. BarnGoddess01

    BarnGoddess01 I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    Sex is predetermined by the hen before ovulation and even before fertilization (hen is heterozygous, roo is homozygous) which means it doesn't matter what you do to the egg after it is laid. Whether or not it will be male or female has already been determined.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:X2............ funny how Ole wifes tales tend be viewed as gospel. So just to mirror what is realy true, sex is determined upon inception, no amount of heat/humidity combinations will ever change that fact. another Ole wifes Myth Busted.

  5. BarnGoddess01

    BarnGoddess01 I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    I have read that there is a researcher in Australia that is attempting to use hormones to manipulate/control the sex of the hen's ova before it becomes an egg. That would certainly be cool for those of us wanting a flock of egg layers.

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