Old timer method - poll

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ScottM, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Yep, it's true

    0 vote(s)
  2. I've used this method and it didn't work

    2 vote(s)
  3. Nah I think it's an old wives tale

    6 vote(s)
  4. Ive heard of this but have no idea if it works

    1 vote(s)
  5. It definitely works . . . At least 50% of the time

    6 vote(s)
  6. I dunno, just show me the results

    1 vote(s)
  1. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

    An old-timer says you can hold chicks up by the scruff of the neck (like you'd hold a baby kitten) and let their feet dangle. He says the males will pull their legs up while the females will always leave their legs dangling.
  2. Fireflyjunction

    Fireflyjunction Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2011
    KC area
    Actually tried something similar to this on my 5 TSC chicks last spring!
    I'd heard that if you hold them in your hands and lay them on their backs with their heads lower than their legs, boys will stick their legs out and girls will pull them in. I figured it couldn't hurt to give it a try. 4 of them pulled their legs up, but Wendy/Wendel put one leg out and one leg in.[​IMG]

    Although rather bummed, since I can't keep a rooster in the city, I simply hoped for the best. Fast forward several months and all five GIRLS are egg laying machines! [​IMG]
  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I was told you hold them upside down by the legs and if they fight and try to peck your fingers it's a boy.

    Needless to say..... All my pullets do this, as well as the cockerels.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    These things are farcical. Reminds me of the wedding ring on a string over a pregnant woman's stomach kind of thing. Hokum.

    Oh, when walking on a sidewalk? Be careful. Don't step on a crack you'll break.........

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