This is a way to tell if it is male or female before hatch and is 100%

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Servant, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Servant

    Servant In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2007
    Aberdeen, NC
    This maybe hard to believer but it is 100% right all the time for me. get a needle and some thread and thread the needle. You are now on your way. Hold over the egg if it moves back and forth it is a male. I it moves around and around it is a female. This may seem crzy as it did to me when I first learn this from a old Indain who hatches his own. But I tryed it on a hatch and found it 100% correct. Try it one time and you to can set your male and females you to will become a believer!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2007
  2. chickiemom

    chickiemom In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2007
    South Louisiana
    You might not believe this but here in the South we are all about old wises tales. And this was one of them. But for us (and yes I did try it) you get your wedding ring and a string. and for both of my daughters is was true. mmmmm maybe I will try it on my next set of eggs.
  3. shandea

    shandea In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    Yep, I've always heard to try it over your pregnant belly. I didn't try it though... wish I would have out of curiosity
  4. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I have used a pendulum in the past but not the needle & thread approach. While it wasn't 100% accurate for me, it definitely raised the female to male ratio.

    Why not make this a fun experiment among those lucky people getting ready to fill their incubators? Be sure to record your results!

  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I think this would be fun to try on breed that you could tell when they hatch if they're male or female. By the time my chicks are old enough to tell sex I have no idea what egg they came from.
  6. marie_martin

    marie_martin Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    That is what I was about to ask. How do you keep up with which chick came from what egg? Do you tie a string around the leg or something?? Just curious. I have heard that about babies in bellies and I did it on my first pregnancy but it did not work. Of course the doc's were wrong on him too. Guess God changed his mind at the last minute, huh??? I have some new eggs coming tomorrow, may have to try it.

  7. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    You wouldn't have to know which egg a particular chick came from...just record your results before you begin incubating and compare them a few weeks later as your chicks mature.

    I suppose you could put something in the incubator to keep the "girl eggs" on one side and the "boy eggs" on the other. After hatching, put leg bands on one gender.

    Since most people want to hatch pullets not cockerels, wouldn't it be great to avoid hatching them in the first place? Right now, I have 2 cockerels that I can't find homes for (hint, hint). I should have dowsed that batch of eggs.

    BTW, This string & needle method is called "dowsing". Some people use pendulums, L-rods, or forked sticks to dowse. If you want to learn more, see

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Now, doesn't common sense tell you that if that worked, hatcheries would ONLY hatch as many roosters as they needed and discard the rest of the eggs? We wouldn't have dumpsters full of thousands of rooster chicks just because they happened to have the misfortune to be hatched male. Eggs hatch close to 50/50 or 60/40 in most cases, so you have those odds of being right, no matter which little divination thing you try to use. Sorry to be a bucket of cold water here.
  9. TheBrilliantHen

    TheBrilliantHen In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Quote:But suppose it told you eggs A and B were male, while C and D were female, and they hatched the opposite? You'd get the "right" count, but the prediction would actually have been 100% wrong.

    The only good way to test this one would be to separate the eggs into separate incubators, then keep the chicks in separate brooders if they not sex linked.
  10. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    Quote:And could you imagine them doing this to the hundreds of thousands of eggs they incubate?! [​IMG] They'd cost $20 a piece just from the man-hours involved!

    I'm guessing this is a case where "don't count your chickens before they hatch" could really apply. [​IMG]

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