Are straight runs really straight runs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cleoppa, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. cleoppa

    cleoppa Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2010
    Or do they pull out some of the girls first? Are baby chicks generally 50:50 male:female?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would say statistically that there's a 50/50 chance of male/female. So we can only assume that hatch rates follow that.
    As to whether hatcheries are fair/honest about what makes up their straight run pool...I guess you would have to know someone who works in a hatchery to find out. I've read of folks ending up with 75% male. But I've also read of people ending up with 75% pullet. I'd guess that most hatcheries do it honestly most of the
  3. snoggle

    snoggle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 7 straight run chicks - looking like 2 cockerels and 5 pullets. But, I got them from a breeder who pulled them out of the brooder right in front of me. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that some of the bigger hatcheries pawn a few extra males off on any of the straight run orders.

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