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My hatched chicks are ALL males!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by armstrong6114, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. armstrong6114

    armstrong6114 Out Of The Brooder

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    Howdy!

    First timer here on Backyard Chickens, but not gonna lie.. Been creepin the site for some time now so I don't feel like a total newbie! :)
    So I have my first dilemma...
    I've been hatching chicks for a friend of mine since November (just did the last batch until Easter time as it's getting to cold to hatch chicks right now and let play outside). I've had several successful hatches! I tossed one of my chickens eggs in there to see if it would hatch. It did, came out to be a male though. POO!
    So I decided that this next round, we were going to hatch a mixture of my chickens eggs (never hatched them before other than that one egg) and his chickens eggs.

    Well, the eggs he gave me are coming out mostly females with a couple males. No biggie!
    Mine however........ Different story. I have gotten mostly males and maybe 1 female out of my batch! I hatched about 10 chicks, got only 2 females. So the first timer was a male, and the next big batch I hatched from mine are still males.

    Does this happen often? I have tried to do some research and saw something with hatch rates and different temperatures the fertile eggs are stored at, females can handle lower temperatures than males. Most of the eggs I hatched were either still warm from the hen when I pulled to set aside for incubation. Others were probably around 60 to 50 degrees. Nothing colder though. I let the eggs sit out for 6 days before placing into incubation. I checked the humidity, temperature, etc, but I know how the X and Y Chromosomes work in mammals, but as far as how a chicken chromosomes are determined before an egg is made, I am totally in the dark on!
    Do I need a different rooster? If so, I can give my rooster back to the person who I received it from, or sell it. That isn't a problem. I have a 9 week old rooster that is merging in with my existing flock. No issues have happened, but I have a rooster that can do the job when Spring comes. Or........ Is it the hens that are causing the chicks to be males and not the male chromosomes? (IE - don't hatch chicks from these hens... wait till my pullets start laying and use their eggs?) Does the age of the hen matter? I do not know how old my Barred Rocks are as I was given them from a distressed farm.

    Thanks guys!! :)
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    My son did a calculation and if chances are 50:50 which they are. If one hatches 5000 dozen eggs, one of those will be all male or all female.
     
  3. Sambi89

    Sambi89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering how you're sexing your chicks? temperature does nothing to change the gender of an egg so you shouldn't have to worry about that too much. I know some people have a predisposition to having one gender of offspring or the other so maybe your roo does too but I've never looked into roosters being that way.
     
  4. alldembirds

    alldembirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 in 4096 ;)
     
  5. armstrong6114

    armstrong6114 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm wing sexing. The chicks are barred rock and Araucana mix.
    I sexed them when they were about two days old. Haven't quite gathered the desire yet to vent sex them... Something about squeezing turds from the birds isn't to appealing.. haha! But to get a true guarantee of what I have, that is something I should probably do.
     
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Wing sexing only works for certain hybrids bred for the trait or select strains of a small number of breeds. Vent sexing will only work on day olds. You will have to wait until they are around 5 weeks of age to be sure what you have.

    BTW, the hen determines the sex of the chick, not the rooster. And even if they are producing a larger percentage of males now that does not mean they always will.
     
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  7. armstrong6114

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    Awesome! Thank you! We will see what happens when we hatch more in the next few months!
     
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  8. ChickenCanoe

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    Thanks for the correction. He did it in his head as we were riding in the car and he said it was actually 4,*** but rounded it up.
     
  9. alldembirds

    alldembirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    he was close enough for government work lol
     
  10. Sambi89

    Sambi89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't trust wing sexing I betcha they grow up and more are female than you think.
     

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