Posted 08-03-2004 at 07:50:22
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Thanks to everyone for the ideas, especially the vent sexing. I'm going to have to check that one out further. I'm a little afraid that I might hurt the little darlins'!
I did some more searching and posting on different message boards and here's what I've found out thus far....
According to an article published in 1942, the Dominiques can both have the dot on the head. BUT the female's dot tends to be more symetrical AND they have "shadowing" on the fore leg and front of the foot. The males have yellow legs and feet front and back.
According to Grandma...I did this before they hatched...the oblong eggs would be a roosters and the rounder eggs would be hens. Dad says this is how she replenished her stock and they rarely had a rooster.
Going on Grandma's rules...I should have one rooster and seven hens hatch.
Now that we've hatched, using the 1942 article it's just like Grandmas said...I have one rooster and six hens (one round egg didn't hatch)
I'll be curious to see exactly what these little darlings grow up to be!
Thanks again for all the suggetions. I knew I could count on this board for help! I appreciate y'all!