50/50 girl/boy....REALLY????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hanh3197, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Hanh3197

    Hanh3197 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    Bay Area
    I was just curious... when you raised your straight run chicks how many did you have and how many turned out to be pullets/cockerels???
  2. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    Here were my odds on sexed as pullets from a well known hatchery: Bought 6 and 2 were roos! Those were not the greatest odds!! I was bummed too because I loved the roos but we couldn't keep them in our city. : ( They did go to good forever homes though, so that is good. I was DYING to know what sex mine were right away too. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  3. peej

    peej Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    At my local farm supply they say 90% chance hen, 10% rooster... but who knows! [​IMG]
  4. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:And I bought sexed pullets and was hoping for 1 accidental roo and none. I'm not 100% sure but I think they're all pullets. Oh well. I should have ordered a couple of roos I guess.
  5. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I bought 15 BR chicks in the spring. They were supposed to be pullets. After a month I could tell they were abviously straight run. [​IMG]
    7 have turned out to be cockerals! I would say thats pretty close to 50/50. [​IMG]
  6. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just hatched 5 of 6 fertile eggs under my broody and two are cockerels. I orderd 10 straight run and three are cockerels. I would say that my average is better than most but the 50/50 rule is typically the average. Off to the Chicken swap this weekend to see if anyone is interested in them [​IMG]

  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I would say it depends on your source....I don't think all are honest
    I have gotten 75% cockerals, at least on my birds.
    I think what I got should have been advertised as the "leftovers after we sex what we want out of the hatch" [​IMG]
  8. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    West Tennessee
    I seem to have the worst luck with roos...
    4 pullets... turned out to be pullets
    2 straight run... both roos
    6 bantam BO SR.... 4 roos
    5 GLP SR.... 4 roos
    6 silkies..... still to be determined

    I am easily rehoming the silkie and polish roos, but noone wants a bantam BO...

    Think I would rather spend the money with the 10% chance for roos. Sure beats my 67% and 80% chances so far.
  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I picked a few chicks from the straight run bin and they are all hens. [​IMG]. My sexed chicks are girls as well!
  10. Ceilismom

    Ceilismom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2010
    NW South Dakota
    I'd say that I got more like 40% roos and 60% pullets from the hatchery. My hatched chicks appear to be running more like 60-75% roos, but they aren't as easy to tell apart as the hatchery chicks were, and they're younger. I'm still holding out hope that I'm wrong on some of them.

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