I shouldn't have responded. This urban legend goes around at least once a year. People try it out. Some claim it works. Some claim it fails. But it's not like you can do an accurate study in your living room with a handful of eggs. I hatched out 10 out of 10 cockerels with no dead eggs just recently. If that happened during during an experiment to test this theory, I'd be biased to blame it on the experiment. Who can conduct a conclusive, repeatable large scale study with expertly calibrated machines? Large poultry house who happen to want to only hatch females. They don't use this method. That should be proof enough it doesn't work. All your doing is stunting growth on your chicks and hurting those chicks that do hatch.