Baby chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenjordan, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. chickenjordan

    chickenjordan New Egg

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    When getting baby chicks from a store like your local tractor supply what are some things to look for to spot girls? We want hens only.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Do not buy 'straight run' chicks. Your best bet is sex linked chicks - 100 % guaranteed pullets followed by 'sexed pullets' with about 90% accuracy. TSC is notorious for mixing up breeds of chicks.
     
  3. chickenjordan

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    Thanks for the advice. I have bought the pullets before from them with no issues. But I wanted to try out other types of chickens so had to get from straight run. I figured "hey 50/50 shot" out of 4 I figured I would get two hens. Nope only one. Clearly my hen locating needs some work
     
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 50/50 percentage is a statistic that only applies to very large numbers of birds...the larger the sample size, the closer to 50%. It is completely possible to have a hen hatch out all males in a clutch, for example.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Frequently straight run numbers will be skewed in the cockerel direction - all a factor of how many pullets were sexed out and selected for the 'pullet shipments'.
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed. If you go straight run from the feed store, stick to the bantam bin. Most hatcheries don't sex bantams, so they're a more "true" straight run selection (in my opinion, anyway).
     

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