Is it possible/likely that a hen would lay ONLY male eggs?

kstavert

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 9, 2010
71
8
48
NW Arkansas - Huntsville
Someone told my husband that eggs
that are sort of "pointy" on one end are
male eggs...


eggs that are more rounded are females...

anyone ever heard that? Any truth to it?

And, if it is true, I have two NH Red hens
that lay ONLY male eggs...


there are two hens and a very beautiful
roo....the roo favours one hen only...


I told my husband that the hen that's
getting "laid" wants a new roo...so, she's
laying only roo eggs so she'll get a new
partner...


and, the lady that's not getting ANY, wants
a roo for herself so SHE is only laying
roo eggs!!! :)


Both of their eggs are always long and pointy...

and, I have a whole lot of roos in my flock...

I've NEVER hatched a female NH Red - ONLY
roos


would love to hear some stories

Karen
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Old wives tales. But, old tales are often based on some element of truth. The reality is that the sex is determined by the hen, not the rooster. Mammals are reversed, where the male determines the sex.

It has been shown that some hens do indeed lay a propensity, almost an exclusively, one sex. That much seems documented. Unless you trap nest and mark the eggs and hatch out a bunch of chicks and ankle or wing band those chicks and kept scrupulous records, it would be very, very difficult to establish which hen was doing what.

As for the shape thing, I've heard that many times before. Seems like the hatcheries would simply employ that method, right? Not!!!! Millions and millions of dollars are spent in research on these matters in the table egg industry.

But, someone probably read it on the internet and we know that everything on the internet is true.
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Jharper

Songster
7 Years
Oct 20, 2012
3,730
99
206
Tifton, Ga
That's not at all true. The female has genetically predetermined how many female and male offsprings when the eggs are fertilized. Female chromosome is in charge in this situation.
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[COLOR=0000CD]that are sort of "pointy" on one end are[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]male eggs...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]eggs that are more rounded are females...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]anyone ever heard that?  Any truth to it?[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]And, if it is true, I have two NH Red hens[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]that lay ONLY male eggs...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]there are two hens and a very beautiful[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]roo....the roo favours one hen only...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]I told my husband that the hen that's[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]getting "laid" wants a new roo...so, she's[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]laying only roo eggs so she'll get a new[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]partner...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]and, the lady that's not getting ANY, wants[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]a roo for herself so SHE is only laying[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]roo eggs!!!  :)[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]Both of their eggs are always long and pointy...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]and, I have a whole lot of roos in my flock...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]I've NEVER hatched a female NH Red - ONLY[/COLOR]
[COLOR=0000CD]roos[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]would love to hear some stories[/COLOR]

[COLOR=0000CD]Karen[/COLOR]
 

kstavert

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 9, 2010
71
8
48
NW Arkansas - Huntsville
Thank you all very much for your
responses :)


I seem to hatch a ginormous
number of roos and extremely
few hens...


that's from NH Reds, Red and
Black Sex Links and combinations

of all.....


People do not seem to want roos...
and I have so many of them...


The thought of them ending up
on someone's dinner plate is sad...


what do you all do with your "extra"
roos?


Thanks a bunch
 

kstavert

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 9, 2010
71
8
48
NW Arkansas - Huntsville
Of COURSE everything online is true :) NOT!!!

It sort of made sense to me, though....

I was hatching roos, almost exclusively ....

I'd read that you should put the "large"
end of the egg up when incubating them
or the chick would be very disoriented
when it hatched???

so, it was much easier to see the "large
end" on an egg that was somewhat
pointed on one end...


A family of raccoons broke into the
chicken run and killed 35+ of my new
babies... 5 remained - and 4 of them

seem to be roos ;(

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