Posted 01-31-2005 at 09:35:00
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Sorry this is late gettng back to you. We lost power Late Saturday evening and it took out the phones too! So much for a laptop with a battery....isn't much good without the phone line :0) Just got back up this moring.
You asked about setting eggs. This is the way my Grandmother told us she and her Mother and Grandmother set eggs for pullets. It worked pretty well for me!
If you look at an egg you'll see that some are really round and others tend to be more oblong. Grandma says that the "rounder" the egg the better chance that it's a hen.
Like I stated...I set 8 eggs...7 of which I thought were "rounder" and one oblong. I hatched 7 total...two roos and 5 pullets. The one that didn't hatch was a "rounder" and we found that it wasn't fertile.
I know it's an old wives tale, but my Dad says he remembers HIS Grandmother doing the same thing, as well as this Mother and they rarely had extra roosters.
I think we tend for pass off many old timey ways and we are losing a great deal of knowledge and information. I'm all for learning all the old ways and using them to see if maybe they knew something we've forgotten.
KatG..I've check McMurray's site and they have plenty of day old chicks ready now.They hatch well into the summer so they have hatch dates posted for the next little bit. The Dominques lay brown eggs and they are clasified as a rare breed. Often barred rocks are passed off as Dominques at auctions and sales because they know that they will bring a higher price. Gotta do your homework. You ought try some from McMurray. I truly love mine!
Hope everyone has a great day. Sure am glad to have the power back and the sunshine outside too.