Am I doomed for cockerels?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MyFrancesca, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. MyFrancesca

    MyFrancesca Out Of The Brooder

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    We're hatching our own eggs from a coworker which are cross-breeds...rooster one breed and 4 types of hens. We just want some backyard chickens for eggs so we don't care what they are. However, while going thru online readings, I found someone's post that said if the rooster is a Americauna (which he is) and the hen was a Barred Rock (which one was) then you will have only cockerels. I have tried to find more information on this...but can't! I have been trying to find answers to sex-links but it seems everything I find about sex-links is only specific breeds that don't pertain to what I have. I am hoping someone can help me decipher if I am doomed for all cockerels or if we have a chance for pullets!
    The rooster was a full Americauna, the hens were Americauna, Easter Egger, Australorp, and Barred Rock. We have an incubator that holds 7 eggs so we were hoping at least 3-4 hatch and at least 1 was a pullet but hopefully more! We really, really wanted one that looked similar to the Barred Rock.

    Any help is greatfully appreciated!
     
  2. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds perposterous! [​IMG] Breeding those together won't produce straight cockerals, I've personally seen the product of a Black Ameraucana/Barred Rock cross and half the offspring were girls [​IMG]
     
  3. MyFrancesca

    MyFrancesca Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh you are my hero! I was so sad to find out we may only have cockerels. I did not want to explain to my 6 year old why we had to cull all of our first round of chickens!

    Thanks so much! We look forward to 20 more days of waiting! :)
     
  4. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anytime [​IMG] Is there any particular reason you can't keep roosters? Neighbors/law?
     
  5. Good luck!
     
  6. MyFrancesca

    MyFrancesca Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah...we're city chicken raisers. :( We found a home for some and I doubt we'll end up culling them ourselves but our family has a farm and we can take the cockerels on a nice country drive to have them culled and plucked and packaged for nearly free. So, that's our plan.
     
  7. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if the boys go away to freezer camp, they're still serving your family by providing nutritious, home grown meat :) and I'm sure they lived very happy lives up until that point! Super extra good luck to you, hope you hatch out all girls! (now wouldn't that be a miracle!)
     
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  8. skookumchuck

    skookumchuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a 50/50 shot at pullets vs cockrells in th elong run. But with only 7 eggs it could be any number of each. Hoping that you have all girls.
     
  9. MyFrancesca

    MyFrancesca Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs were collected over 3 days from the cold Ohio weather. Then toted to my work and stored in the warmer air then to my basement for a few hours until we could get them in the incubator. The lady I bought them from said she didn't anticipate a high hatching rate because of the weather. So if only a couple hatch, we'll be happy. This is just our trial run so anything we get is a bonus! If we got all pullets, that's fantastic. If not, I guess we'll hope for more at the end of next month during round 2 for the school project.
     

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