SEX & GENDER

junebuggena

Crowing
Apr 17, 2015
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Long Beach, WA
For chickens, gender is determined by the hen. No other factors contribute. The hen chromosomes are ZW. Some of her eggs will be Z, some of her eggs will be W. A rooster is ZZ, he only has one option to contribute.
 

junebuggena

Crowing
Apr 17, 2015
23,102
8,211
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Long Beach, WA
It's predetermined before the hen ever hatches out of an egg. Female chicks are born with all the eggs they will ever lay, just like in humans. The hen has no 'control' over which 'gender' eggs get released. Some hens do seem to produce more males, and some hens tend to produce more females.
 

SunnySideUpGUAM

Songster
Jan 3, 2016
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GUAM True Paradise
It's predetermined before the hen ever hatches out of an egg. Female chicks are born with all the eggs they will ever lay, just like in humans. The hen has no 'control' over which 'gender' eggs get released. Some hens do seem to produce more males, and some hens tend to produce more females. 

ok thanks. Im about to start selecting breeders from the flock, so im trying to gather some info
 

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