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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RS16017, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. RS16017

    RS16017 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I've had pretty good luck hatching and raising my chicks for a beginner. I've only lost one who looked underdeveloped. My question is how can you determine sex in the egg. I want hens and 3 out of 4 turn out to be roosters. I'm over run with young roosters and only a few pullets.
     
  2. UlmerChickens

    UlmerChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a good way to tell.
    this way to tell if it is a boy or a girl is not perfect, but it is a highly educated guess.
    here is what you do, you can hold the chicken on its back.
    If it starts kicking, then it is most likely a boy because boys tend to like to fight back.
    If it kicks just a little or not at all it is most likely to be a girl.
    You can also tell whether it is a boy or girl with a different method.
    You can hold it by the back of the neck like a cat would do to its chicken.
    And the results of the first one apply.
    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I believe the OP is asking how to tell the sex of a chick in the egg BEFORE it's hatched. There have been a few people on BYC who are experimenting with egg shape as a determining factor. You can type in Egg Shape Determining Sex in the search box above and see what it turns up. A very dear friend of mine, Lazy Gardener, has been experimenting with this but I don't remember the details or results. Good Luck - this is the Holy Grail of chicken production and I'd bet that if there was any surefire way to do this the hatcheries would have been all over it.
     

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