bummed out, they're nearly all roos

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by sabianshepherds, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. sabianshepherds

    sabianshepherds Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    Spent months raising this flock, just to hear another crowing birds day before yesterday. I've been trying to leave them be, not harassing them about eggs. And it's been pouring, so they've been fed, watered and in the coop. Well I found another roo, and took another look at them all, and the youngins' have hackle feathers now! so 5 of my 9 birds are roos. So I'm down from 15 birds to 4 [​IMG] I want to order more barred rock, but i don't want to raise chicks in the winter:( AHHHHH!
  2. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    [​IMG] I'm sorry.
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Post some pictures?
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Why didn't you order female chicks? It makes life so much simpler and you don't waste your money buying and raising something you don't want.

    ETA: Old minds....whaddya gonna do? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Quote:When you buy straight run it is a 50/50 chance of getting roos.
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Yeah...I was thinking "order all females" but was writing straight run..... [​IMG] I'll edit. My mind sometimes..... [​IMG]
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Quote:I figured you made a typo [​IMG]
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    A few people told me that female BR's have dark shading on the fronts of their legs. Any of your (roos?)
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Barred Rocks are reasonably easy to sex at hatch, even by lay folks.

    I'd plead with those who do not want roos, or cannot have roos, please, please do not buy straight run chicks.
  10. sabianshepherds

    sabianshepherds Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    I didn't order any of these birds from a hatchery personally.

    The first set I got from a friend and hatched for my class.

    The second ones I got from a guy who ordered them from Meyers, and had 300 plus chicks that were supposed to be pullets. They were 6 weeks old when I got them.

    I got a few more from a guy I got some rabbits from, at 6 weeks as well, so it's the sexed ones from Meyers and the ones I got from that guy that were the roos.

    The wash on the feet is not definitive. None of my Barred rocks had distinguishable washes on their legs. Maybe that's true for heritage show birds, but for hatchery birds, from the 300 I saw at this guys house, they weren't even as yellow as the one I got from my friends barn hatch.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011

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