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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by UberchicRanch, Nov 3, 2015.
Great video, thanks for sharing!
Absolutely gorgeous pullets and cockerel, @hofhine68 ! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!
Received 10 chicks from Greenfire on Wednesday, will post some pics tomorrow. They are less than a week old, and some are already showing color on the wing tips (should be males). These seem to be much stronger and more robust than my previous batch, too.
Growing up fast!
@joed1223 They are just beautiful!
Nice ones! I see you've got a pretty high male:female ratio. I'm seeing the same thing, across a few batches of chicks. Anyone else having a more normal ratio closer to 1:1? Out of my 10 from Greenfire, I am seeing 7:3 male:female. Silver lining is that I should see at least one REALLY nice rooster out of that group!
@elkinsacres Well, I hatched two eggs and got one boy and one girl. LOL!
Gorgeous pic! We're currently averaging a 1:2.5 M:F.
@UberchicRanch Wow, your female ratio is over 70%! Are you doing anything special? I lowered my incubator temperatures to 37.3° C last spring and finally got my female ratio up to 60% but I'm still looking for improvements. Thanks.
Hm... as far as I know there is no trick, like with mammals the moment the sperm hits the ovum the sex is fixed. No sex shifting by heat or hormone, pheromone like with so many other animals. So lower/right temperatures may help you to an higher hatching rate but not to more females. I know that there are rooster/bull/bock years where everyone you talk to has more male baby animals in the stable, but that may be so b/c other factors like weather, nutition etc. will effect the mobility of the sperm in mammals or ovulation in birds. Birds determent the sex by the WZ-system not the XY-system and in the WZ-system the female is heterozygot (WZ) while the male is homozygot(ZZ). And often the male year will only be one b/ca people will tell you if they have too many males but not that they have too many females,b/c for most livestock there is no such thing than too many females.