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I love watching my 20 day old chicks interact and trying to guess gender. This is my first flock ever. If I have two chicks that often stare each other down and flap wings and fly at each other are they likely to be cockerels? Or do all chicks do this? They are also the most brave and curious.
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It's just normal chick mock fight/play, and both pullets and cockerels engage in the practice.

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It's just normal chick mock fight/play, and both pullets and cockerels engage in the practice.


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Good! We can't keep roosters, even though we would love to! It's going to be so sad to get rid of the cockerels. Are the odds 50/50 with a straight run?
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Good! We can't keep roosters, even though we would love to! It's going to be so sad to get rid of the cockerels. Are the odds 50/50 with a straight run?


Theoretically it should be 50/50 with a straight run but in hatchery birds the majority in a straight run turn out to be cockerels so many times that I suspect that at least some of the hatcheries are slipping a few cockerels into their straight run orders. For the past few decades I've only ordered pullets and since most hatcheries only guarantee 90% on pullet orders, even then I usually get a cockerel or two in the order.

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That's good to know for the future. We purchased our current 7 from a private owner. But they were not sexed
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