The pencil test...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 2mnypets, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone please enlighten me as to what a pencil test is when it comes to trying to sex a baby chick? I was on the Homesteading Today forum and someone said (and gave the link) they saw a person trying to sell something on a well known auction site that swore it would tell what the sex of your chickens were. Everyone in the forum stated that it was the "ol pencil test". I guess I'm ignorant because I have no clue what that test is. Just curious and thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. Citychick

    Citychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only pencils test I know of involves how saggy your @##@'s have gotten! [​IMG] So I don't think that would be of any help but I am intersted to here what the other involves. Good Luck!
     
  3. urbanhomesteader

    urbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats exactly what I thought of when I heard "pencil test". LOL!
    I still remember the first time I failed the pencil test. *sigh*
     
  4. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too.

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  5. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL- me too. Fortunately about 4 grand fixed me right up! Now I pass the test with flying colors!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. beckt

    beckt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pencil test is when you suspend a pencil from a string & put it over the chick. Let it get still & then wait for the pencil to start swinging back & forth for one sex & in a circular motion for the other. I am not sure which is witch on the sexes though.
     
  7. scrambledeggs

    scrambledeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I am more curious what the other pencil test is.[​IMG]
     
  8. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ask your wife scrambledeggs.....I'm sure she'd just love to tell ya! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:(lol) ... You go girl!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. bayourouge

    bayourouge Out Of The Brooder

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    i've done this same test with a needle and thread, not a pencil. if the needle swings back and forth in a staright line, boy. in a circle, girl. it's not a scientifically proven test by any means but the few times i've done it were correct. it works on pregnant women as well(held over that beautiful belly). worked for my wife both times and for all my sisters as well
     

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