Ratio of cockerels to pullets using broodies versus incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CarolinaSkies, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We hatched 15 chicks using an incubator and ended up with 7 cockerels and 8 pullets. We had 3 broodies hatch chicks and they hatched 2 cockerels and 8 pullets. So my question is: Has anyone noticed a consistent difference in the pullet to cockerel ratio when broodies hatch versus using an incubator?
     
  2. millielynn

    millielynn Out Of The Brooder

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    I would think that the sex is already determined when the eggs are laid.
     
  3. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the sex is already determined when the egg is laid as well, but I'm wondering if the broody hens have a way of being more selective and pushing certain eggs out. I'm always curious when I see them push particular eggs to the outside of the egg cluster.
     
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  4. millielynn

    millielynn Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe the hen knows to lay female eggs when she is going broody. ? Another mystery. Lol
     
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