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Hi!

I am the Feed Manager at Baell Mercantile Company located in Moultrie, Ga.

We have Chick Days every year. One of the biggest mistakes that  people who are new to buying chicks make is failure to purchase certified "sexed" chicks.

It's nearly impossible to tell the difference in a three day old male chick and three day old female chick to the untrained person so don't fall for stuff sales people (or "old timers) tell you about picking them up by their wings and seeing if their feet dangle or go out straight., this is an old wives tale that has about 50-50 chance of being right, or wrong. Sexed chicks cost a few cents more but it is well worth your investment to ask the right question when buying the chicks and pay the higher cost to be sure you are getting what you wanted. Ask your salesperson if the chicks were sexed at the hatchery. That's the safest and easiest way to be sure that you are getting an egg layer instead of a a "crower". It's really upsetting to spend the money on all the stuff you have to buy to grow these chicks out and find out that instead of the delicious eggs you thought you were gonna get, your getting a loud, scratchy RR-RR-RR-RRRRR.

Make sure to buy "sexed chicks", you'll be glad you did!

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I am in valdosta Ga not too far from you, when do you guys get your chicks in?
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I agree. I raised Silkies in the past and still do and after re/homing about 4 roosters(which was NOT easy) I started paying for DNA feather sexing. Sadly with Silkies it's the only way. It cost about 20 dollars a bird and can get pricey. This year I ordered 5 Barred Rocks and fortunately they CAN BE sexed at hatch. So I made SURE and ordered all female. Sadly I know the process at the hatchery is about 90% accurate. I just PRAY I don't get any of the 10% NOT accurately sexed birds because it's difficult to find the roos homes!! I agree with you 100% to spend the dollar for females if you don't want roosters. Also, if you can't have or don't want any roosters for Heavens sake do NOT buy straight run!!! The straight run birds are just that, NOT SEXED. You could even end up with ALL roosters. So in my opinion your advice is spot on. Their is one other piece of advice I would give out. That is to spend the dollar it costs to get the chicks vaccinated for Mareks disease at hatch. Remember the old saying " a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Mareks is a devastating, heartbreaking disease that's littlerely Everywhere and even travels in the wind. I've sadly seen beautiful flocks devastated from Mareks.Its very much worth the dollar!
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