Old wive's tale or true?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CarolinaGirl, May 14, 2008.

  1. CarolinaGirl

    CarolinaGirl In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2008
    Rosemary, my bantam mix, has gone broody! I'm going to let her hatch off some chicks, however, I'd like to avoid more bantam mix roos.

    A couple of elderly men at the FS informed me that the more pointed long eggs were Roos and the rounded (almost like a golf ball) ones were hens. I'm guessing this is a myth, however, I did notice tonight that 3 out of the 7 were VERY pointy and long compared to the other 4. I pulled them in case these guys were right. [​IMG] They swore it had worked with their flocks so I guess we'll see.

    Anyone else ever heard of this?
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    It's not true. I've hatched both males and females from these eggs. The shape just has to do with the was they shell was formed, not the gender of the embryo.
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I wish it were true!
    But, it is only an Old Wive's Tale.
    If it were true, then we would be able to buy pullets from the hatcheries much cheaper. They wouldn't have to incubate so many eggs and dispose of unwanted cockeral chicks.
    We would also be able to order Bantams as pullets only also.

    I have a few hens that only lay very pointed eggs, and their offspring is about 50/50.

    Edited to add: I ran across a site yesterday that stated the opposite for sexing eggs...LOL They said the pointed ones were pullets!

    Last edited: May 14, 2008
  4. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    I've heard it too, why don't you try and see?

    I want to when my girls start laying.
  5. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    I think we definately need to start working on a self-sexing before hatch breed. Perhaps like those pregnancy tests, one line for boy, two lines for if its a girl, no lines if its unfertilized. Well that's the dream anyway.
  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Please take pictures of you running after the hens with a stick for them to **** on, before they lay the next egg, so you will know what sex it will be!!!!
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I couldn't help myself... LOL

  7. CarolinaGirl

    CarolinaGirl In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2008

    And thanks for the input... Oh well, I pulled the pointy ones anyway because I didn't really want over 4 chicks from her. It was worth a try anyway, even though it did sound off the wall when he was telling me [​IMG]
  8. Ese_N_Gracie

    Ese_N_Gracie Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    I can't rtemember which breeding site I had read it on but supposedly it does change your chances to 70% female. I tried with my girl but they were all the same. Just recently she laid her first pointier egg....and her babes now count four pullets and four roos...all from almost the exact same shape
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Well, I wonder if this does not apply to ALL eggs, but to some hens. Maybe on a hen to hen basis you can differenciate between male and female eggs. I dunno. Some old wives tales are a bunch of bologna but some have validity to them, even if we do not yet understand the science behind them. [​IMG]
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    LOL. I think it is just an old wives tale. Either that or I'm a very very lucky owner. Two out of three of my Dorking hens lay only rounded, golfball like eggs. I must admit that many of the Dorkings that have hatched so far are female, but I know I have had a few male as well.


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