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Buying chicks at the feed store?

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So i'm in the process of researching what breeds of chickens I want and I was debating between ordering from My Pet Chicken or getting some from the feed store.

My question is, how do you know what sex you are getting from the feed store? I'm in the city and can't have a rooster. Just hens for us...

I could wait until tomorrow and just call the feed store. But i'm impatient!tongue So i'm asking you guys.

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Most feed stores will sell banded pullets as well as straight run. You want the banded pullets if you can't have a rooster. All of my birds came from a feed store. We bought several sraight run and a few banded pullets to make sure we had a nice variety.

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post #3 of 8

Sometimes they are at the feed store long enough to tell!
Most of mine are from the feed store, and they make fine pets. Often they will take back roosters, just ask. But don't ask what they do with them...

Chickens- 2 Silver Ameraucana hens,4 Cochins,2 Easter Eggers,1 Welsummer,  all bantams.
Dog- One American Blackmouth Cur, .named Wyn Dixie & her best friend Mittens the cat
One Flemish Giant rabbit, Pumpkin who lives with all the chickens...
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Chickens- 2 Silver Ameraucana hens,4 Cochins,2 Easter Eggers,1 Welsummer,  all bantams.
Dog- One American Blackmouth Cur, .named Wyn Dixie & her best friend Mittens the cat
One Flemish Giant rabbit, Pumpkin who lives with all the chickens...
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post #4 of 8

Sometimes the feed store sell sex link...easier to discern sex by the color!

Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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post #5 of 8

I got some chicks once from my local feed store and they were susposed to be pullets. One turned out to be a Roo. I gave him away. They did give me another chick. They get their chicks from hatcheries too. Maybe you could ask and see who they get their chicks from. I agree that sex-links can be sexed by color. Also some breeds can be feather sexed.

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Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

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post #6 of 8

theres this trick tnat you can sex chicks by picking thrm up by the scruff, the roos try to pull themselves up , and th hens just it there limply. hope i helped

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You'll pay more, but I can't recommend My Pet Chicken more strongly.  Healthy, active, and all pullets (at least, 17 weeks in they all seem t be.  I'm starting to get confident in that statement LOL).  I know some have had bad experiences, but mine was great.
 

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All the feed stores around where I live order from Ideal hatchery and offer pullets  of different breeds, Bantams are always straight run....~Charm1704

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