are straight runs, mixed sexes?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Donnah23, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Donnah23

    Donnah23 Chirping

    88
    10
    86
    Mar 4, 2014
    Charlton
    what do i have? IMG_3612.JPG IMG_3566.JPG
     
    drumstick diva and LindseyC like this.
  2. LindseyC

    LindseyC Songster

    113
    169
    126
    Mar 23, 2018
    Shawnee, Ok
    It's my understanding that straight run chicks have not been sexed, so they could be either. You get what you get.
     
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    65,884
    267,253
    1,912
    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Yes, straight run means a mixture of both sexes.
     
  4. Donnah23

    Donnah23 Chirping

    88
    10
    86
    Mar 4, 2014
    Charlton
    IMG_3612.JPG IMG_3612.JPG IMG_3612.JPG
     
  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    5,648
    13,835
    542
    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    Yes. Straight Run means mixed male and female.
    At hatch your odds of getting a male vs. a female is about 50/50, but buying straight run, your odds of getting a male are higher because hatcheries sell more sexed females and then their straight run chicks are those leftover after the sexed chicks have been sold. Unless any of your breeds are sex links or you know how to vent sex chicks well, it's too early to tell what you have.
     
    KikisGirls likes this.
  6. Donnah23

    Donnah23 Chirping

    88
    10
    86
    Mar 4, 2014
    Charlton
    so is that darker one the Rooster???
     
  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    65,884
    267,253
    1,912
    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    The darker one is a different breed than the yellow ones.
    Does not mean it is a certain sex.
     
  8. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    5,648
    13,835
    542
    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    You'll just have to wait until they are 6-8 weeks to post some new pictures and we can help you figure out who is a male and who is a female!
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    15,374
    14,271
    762
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, straight run means mixed sexes. You probably won't be able to tell boys from girls for a few more weeks. Around age four weeks, pay close attention to the combs.

    On the pullets, the combs will be colorless and so inconspicuous as to be practically invisible. On the cockerels, you will see the tiny comb beginning to develop and it will be a yellowish hue compared to the pullets which will have a very washed out pale pink color, if you can even see a comb.

    By age five weeks, you'll see the yellow give way to yellow-orange. By six weeks, the combs on the cockerels will look like real combs and you'll see some wattles, all being very close to red by this time.

    But for now, you won't be able to tell sex unless you have a breed that has been developed to allow for wing sexing. In this category, the boys will have no feathers on their wing stubs at a few days old, while the girls will have definite feathers on the tips of the wings.

    Color of the chick is irrelevant unless you have an auto-sex breed where the boys have different coloring and pattern than the girls, allowing for easy sexing by sight alone.
     
  10. you will not know the sexes till they get a little older
     
    drumstick diva and KikisGirls like this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: