Raising Chicks

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

  1. RS16017

    RS16017 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2014
    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

    Dec 23, 2015
    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

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    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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