Old wives' tales...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mmaddie's mom, May 31, 2011.

  1. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    ...or old husbands' tales, too. [​IMG]

    Lately I've read several old wives' tales (about chickens, eggs, etc.) here on BYC. Do you have any? Do they work? Do you have a theory why? Who told you? [​IMG]

    My fellow Chicken Lady friend says she can tell males from females by passing her hand over one day old chicks (she says it only works on new babies)... hens duck down but roos still stand tall... hens hiding from flying predators?... roos on alert and ready to protect?

    That's mine... let's hear yours! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  2. uncle rico

    uncle rico Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    Spring Green, WI
    I heard one time that you can supposedly affect the sex of your fertile eggs by changing the temp on your 'bator. more heat produces more roos, while with less, you get pullets. obviously that does not work [​IMG] im sure many people here on BYC have heard about the one where pointy eggs give you cockerels while rounded ones give you pullets. that too is 100% myth
  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Quote:I personally believe there is nooo way to tell what sex a chick is while in its egg. [​IMG]I dont even know how to tell it until they get their feathers.[​IMG] But some people may know how! I am still learning! [​IMG]
  4. JestersEye

    JestersEye Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Mullica Twp., NJ
    Quote:That one about temperature affecting gender is true for reptile eggs, but not for chicken eggs or other types of bird eggs... as far as I know. [​IMG]
  5. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Yes with certain reptiles you can produces more males or females with control of the temp. I know lepoard geckos are one of those. If it did work for chicken eggs wouldn't that be great. Although it would shoot prices through the roof for Roos.
  6. Quote:that is for alligators [​IMG]

    seriosuly i read it in a book once
  7. bethsplace

    bethsplace Songster

    Aug 1, 2009
    I use the needle on a thread to sex mine and so far its been right for eggs or chicks, take a needle on a thread and hold it over the chick if it goes in a circle its a hen if in a straight line its a roo

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