Sexing eggs!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KirstieJG, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. charliewhiskey

    charliewhiskey Out Of The Brooder

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    I will be eagerly waiting for the results. Of course we will need to repeat the experiment it to make a case. When it comes to critters and science (some call it Biology) nothing is beyond the realm of possibility except Abiogenesis and therefore non-Intelligent evolution.
     
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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Do you plan on hatching any of those eggs? If so, join the experiment! Especially if you can tell your hen's eggs apart. Gather the sausage eggs for a week. line them up beside each other, and pick several of the ones that have the closest length to diameter ratio. Do the same for each of the hen's eggs, selecting the least pointed eggs of the hen's offerings for the week, and set them. Or even better yet, divide your incubator, putting rounded eggs on one side, pointed eggs on the other side, and band the chicks as they hatch.

    It seems to me that the anecdotal evidence, no matter how fruit loopy it seems is pointing towards there being some justification of this old wive's tale.

    Interesting re: size and gender outcome. I don't doubt it. One thing I noticed with my sex linked chicks is that the females were routinely smaller than the males. Not having noted which eggs they came out of, I can't say that the female eggs were smaller than the male eggs, but it makes sense that a smaller chick would come out of a smaller egg.

    I assume you are hatching eggs? Join the experiment! Proove it wrong. That was my original intent.

    Don't forget to include shape in your selection criteria.

    If one is selecting eggs from a BY flock, it cost nothing to experiment with your gender outcomes! So far as I can tell, those pointy eggs taste mighty fine, and I've increased my female hatch rate by 20%. Is it the roll of the dice, 50% odds with each egg, or is there something to it???
     
  3. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have set 19 hen eggs, 9 Isa Brown & 10 Golden Spangled Hamburg, all are rounded point eggs so I will let you know next week when they hatch, between 10/25/15 <=> 10/30/15.
    I also set 5 turkey eggs, 3 are longer(on right) & 2 are shorter(on left).
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    I have marked them as Jenny for the shorter ones & Jake for the longer ones, due to hatch 11/1/15 <=> 11/2/15.
    Don't know but will find out soon.
     
  4. svfarm

    svfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just like to add that unlike mammals, like cows and goats, the sex of a chicken's offspring depends on the female. And a lot of my hens lay consistently shaped eggs. One hen lays pointed eggs that are almost always male (one female out of 3 small hatches).
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Keep that info coming, it's food for thought, if nothing else!!!
     
  6. angry rooster

    angry rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love this thread I can't wait to see more results
     
  7. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    YES, I just love to experiment to find out things for myself. Every thing you read in a book will not or may not work out as I have found out over time.
    Most books are written by people from what they read in books, not from first hands on experience.
     
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  8. goosie mad

    goosie mad New Egg

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    I have set round"eggs and have had a good lot of pullets from them, only got one rooster from 10 eggs, but the problem I had was CROWS getting my chicks, I also have a duck sitting on 6 eggs and I am not sure about them, does the same go for them to be round also, I had a hen sitting on 4 duck eggs last time and she brought them all out but 3 was boys, I just hope I get more girl ducks this time, will let you know and try to send photo's.

    Thelma
     
  9. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

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    So true!
     
  10. redsix

    redsix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mom used to subscribe to this theory. We usually steered away from the pointed eggs when selecting eggs for hatching. I do remember one time she hatched some white leghorn eggs in an incubator and all of the 15 that hatched were hens. Now, I don't know if she took out the pointed eggs that time.
     

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