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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:12 pm 
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I know it sounds crazy, but i had heard that you could sex an egg relating to the bottom point.
Is this right? Has any one heard this before also?
I would be keen to test it out

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:16 pm 
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If it was possible, the comercial industry would not have to kill all the baby boys anymore. Unfortunately sexing chics prior to hatch is not possible. However if you discovered a fool proof way to do it you would be super rich.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:20 pm 
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Hi Kathryn,

Do you mean sexing on the basis of the shape of the egg? The answer to that is no. You'd have to do a screen of which sex chromosomes are present inside the fertilised egg (you could also tell the 'sex' of an unfertilised egg since sex is determined but which sex chromosome is passed on by the female - but then the egg wouldn't ever hatch into anything). A job for a lab, and expensive too.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:20 pm 
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No, it's an old wives tale, and not even a very good one. Just wishful thinking. Don't waste your time testing it out.

The other silly story that circulates occasionally is that you can affect the gender of the chick in the egg by altering the temperature in the incubator. Forget that one as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:23 pm 
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Sorry ALL above are correct . What you get is what you get :D
Now if only Chooks were Crocs :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:24 pm 
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unfortunately it is an old wives tale :)
and there are articles around like this which say the same thing about the pointy eggs
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustaina ... n-Egg.aspx

And check this out, saw this a while back maybe someones onto something lol :lol:
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7167579.html

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:50 pm 
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we're three chook mad youngsters - much to Dad's 'delight' re building of chook pens - and we heard that round eggs were girls and pointy eggs were boys, so out of interest we tested the theory. We get an awful lot of hens from our girls but I don't think that has anything to do with the round egg/pointy egg thing, just the hen; as the girl with the roundest of round eggs (and I mean golfball round) has more roos than hens. So either we got mixed up and round is boy and pointy is girl or, as we already suspected, it was not true and we just had a bit of fun with the idea. We figured if it were true, the big commercial farms would already know about it anyhow.

Though the fertile australorp eggs we bought were all very round and we got three boys out of eight....hmmm.... :lol: :lol:

Wish it worked as it would save a fair bit of heartbreak, especially where silky roosters are concerned!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:55 pm 
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alot of people in the parrot world use this method and I agree it is normally wrong but with the larger ones I always check the egg shapes and in my head work out I have x males and x females and normally I am somewhere close but I would never use it as a tried and tried and true method more a bit of fun


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