Claiming pullets the same week as hatched??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mallory, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Mallory

    Mallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    Walbridge, Ohio

    ... I've searched high and low around me for the closest hatchery and there are NONE, not even farms I can locate. I thought I read that sexing was super expensive to do and thats why its rarely done. Do you get the feeling someone is trying to take advantage of chicken newbies?? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They may just be re-selling sexed chicks that they've ordered from a hatchery.
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    The only chicks you can sex with 100 % accuracy is sex links. Vent sexing you have to know what you are doing and it is not 100% Barred rocks you can but not at 100%. When I first started with chickens I was sold barred rocks by a lady that said they were all pullets. They were 10 days old. I ended up with 5 boys out of 6 and one wasnt even barred rock. He was a black sex link. I think this guy just wants to sell his chicks.
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Some breeds are easier to sex than others. Barred rocks are somewhat easy, for example, though not 100%. From a sketchy description, "It's mostly white," I had someone correctly claim my first hatched baby as a cockerel.

    I am not assuring you that this person really does know a pullet from a cockerel every single time, but sometimes it's possible. You might even call and ask how he knows. What's his secret? What happens when one of these "pullets" turns out to be a cockerel?

  5. Mallory

    Mallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    Walbridge, Ohio
    Yeah I don't think I'll risk it (not that I'm quite ready to bring home any chicks home... but still.) I want to start out with all hens except one rooster. (The current plan anyhow. lol)
  6. TouchO'Lass

    TouchO'Lass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oroville, Wa
    Super expensive to sex? I also have no hatcheries or TSC's near me, so I ordered online. Some breeds are harder to feather sex as day olds, so they are generally offered as 'straight run', but those breeds that are offered as pullets have about a 96% success rate at sexing.

    I don't know what to tell ya'. [​IMG] Maybe if you ask the seller what kind of guarantees he offers if you get more roos than pu's?
  7. miraclz5

    miraclz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    We have straight run chicks mostly from a private breeder...and I have read everything I can get my hands on about sexing chicks....NOTHING is fullproof...We are just playing the "wait and see" LOL We have our suspicions but won't count anyone in or out until the very end!!!
  8. MeowCluckBark

    MeowCluckBark Chicken Lickin' Good

    Mar 28, 2011
    Boise, ID
    they might be sexing by markings, coloring, or wing feathers. I suspect that is the case. It wouldn't be guaranteed even if it was a hatchery. You could take the chance if you wanted local birds, you could contact them and ask them how they sex and if they offer any warranty on that. I know a farm here will guarantee and if you get a boy when you wanted a girl (or vice versa) they will swap it out with an equal age female (or male)

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