Identifying Gender by a Key on a String

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ren2014, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Has anyone heard of this... the lady at the feed store held a key tied to a string above the chick's head. She said if it's a female, the key will start circling. She also showed me this on her wrist. Another thing she did, which I think was cruel, she held the chick by it's head and said if it's a rooster it will fight. Please let me know if anyone knows of these tricks? My next question will be.... can you hold it over an egg to tell the difference so as to set only female eggs, lol. Just wondering, seriously.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I had an old timer show me this for both chicks and eggs. It didn't prove it to me.
    However, I know a lot of pullet chicks that will fight you if you hold them by the head so I don't believe that one.
     
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  3. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Good to hear. I'm going to try this on some eggs I have in the bator when I candle them. I don't plan on using the hold them by the head test after they hatch. Gees... that should be a test of intellect not gender, lol
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Or just plain feistiness.
     
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  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    None of these old timey methods have so far been shown to have any real truth to them.
     
  6. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    The lady at the feed store swore by it, lol.
     
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    tylerraye0805 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just tried posting a thread how long till everyone can see it? Need advice
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on both of the above posts.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Of course they work!



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  10. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Ha! :D
     

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