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I am new to everything chickens I recently bought 10 chicks 4 from one place that I was told were pullets and 6 straight run from another place my first four are a little over a month old and my other 6 are 3weeks going on 4 and I am afraid I have 4 roos with a possible 2 and about 4 hens I'm no expert but I have done my research it didn't cross my mind that I would possibly have more than one roo all my chickens have been in the same brooder since I purchased them would they be ok? they do occasionally peck but once I say stop and be nice they seem to listen


I've been told that if you buy straight run chicks, that you can expect about 70% of them to be cockerels.  I ordered pullets from McMurray's last spring, and I got ONE free straight run chick.  Yep.  It's a rooster.  Straight run are cheaper for a reason, and that's it.  If you want hens, buy pullets.  You will still end up with the odd cockerel or two, but not like you will with straight run chicks.  I know a girl from my church who bought 10 SR chicks and they were ALL cockerels!

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ugh lesson learned for me I had no idea really my first 4 I was told were pullets  but out of those 4 I have a roo and same thing happened to my neighbor but  from my 6 straight run I have 3 roos and 3 hens at least I'm almost positive I should have pieced it together I was just excited about getting all these cute chickities I didn't really think

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Well, we all love our chicks!  You'll need to decide once they get old enough to start mating (I had a roo start coming after me at around 12 weeks) which one you want to keep.  You should have at least 8 to 10 hens per rooster.  The others can be rehomed or you can send them to freezer camp and have them for dinner.  I love chicken and dumplings!

 

They'll be OK in the same pen until then.  So, you have a few weeks to decide if you want a bachelor pad for your roosters, you want to rehome them or eat them.

 

Incidentally, I love my roo - he's a polish with the feathered top hat. 

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