I'm fed up with hatching males. Out of 14 successful chicks, 11 of those have been males, 1 female and two unknown (so far). The plan is to breed our own hens and buy in our cockerels. We're not into culling them (yet), we've tried letting them loose in the wilderness (and there's much wooded wilderness here) but they tend to annoyingly hang around until they "mysteriously" disapear (fox says yum) and we have successfully given them away so far, but I'm sure there must be a limit to that at some point. What would be ideal is to avoid hatching males before they hatch. I've heard a few things that might work, though they sound a bit dubious. That doesn't matter because I'm into experimenting, to see if they work. I have nothing to lose from trying. So here's a few techniques I'm going to try out... 1. Temperature. Apparently at a slightly hotter temp you get more females. I think I remember this from college and also someone on another forum was told this too. Problem is this is better with incubators, which I haven't got... yet. Maybe next year! 2. The Moon. Apparently an egg layed in a waxing (from new to full) moon is more likely to be male, whilst a waning (from full to new) moon is more likely to be female. Next year I shall endevour to only allow "hen moon" eggs to be hatched. 3. Egg shape. Yep the "pointy" eggs are supposed to be male and the "rounded" eggs are supposed to be female. Next year I shall endevour to only leave rounded eggs to be hatched. I haven't really been able to keep track of past hatchings to see the results but just over a week ago we had four eggs hatch, two rounded under one hen and two pointy under another, all of them layed under the "cockerel moon." From what I can tell the egg shape doesn't seem to be accurate, either that or I haven't the visual experise to identify the proper egg shape. There are two chicks (one from rounded egg and one from pointy egg) that both had a slight serated "lobe" where the comb will form, which I presume means they will be male (which it was with one earlier this year). So, anyone heard of these? Anyone tried these, and if so, what was your result?