Sexing eggs!

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

  1. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    What can I say? I'm on a roll today...
     
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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    So, can you do pointy and not quite so pointy?
     
  3. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe I could set them upside down?
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Dividing the incubator with a fence is a possibility. You can also make rectangular baskets out of hardware cloth and put that over some eggs to keep them separated.

    If I were going to try to mark the chicks I’d probably use food coloring. Even on black down it should show up. That’s what some hatcheries do if people request them to mark the chicks so you know which are which if you split an order and get similar chicks. You are only going two ways anyway, male or female so your code isn’t too complicated.

    The problem will probably not be that it wears off but that they shed down and grow feathers pretty quickly. You’ll have to stay on top of the remarking.

    Have fun with it.
     
  5. KirstieJG

    KirstieJG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are setting pointy eggs thats fine, its still valid.
     
  6. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, but if the theory is correct ... He/she won't get any females, so will be out of the egg business soon ... It's a dead-end.
     
  7. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    I will try and get a tally. I will have to say, though, that they sell out pretty quick straight run
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If I were going to do it, I'd want to set all round eggs...lol That way if there was any truth I wouldn't be drowning in roos....
     
  9. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Guess I will have to take a hammer to the Polish, then
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Teach her how to lay a round egg...lol. I only have the one polish/silkie mix hen, and she just started laying last week, but now that you mention it, her's are more football shaped....
     

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