A friend who has been involved in poultry longer than I have told me a story where he'd ordered a dozen straight run chicks, was given 11 (told they didn't all hatch), and when grown out he got 3 pullets and 8 cockerels. He was surprised at his poor luck, then returned to the farm for feed. He found a pen full of pullets the same age and breed as he'd ordered. He overheard some people from the farm talking about their success at sexing chicks now. He warned me that there are crooked breeders doing their best to sex their day-olds, then selling the ones that were not obvious females as straight run to unsuspecting buyers. I had a similar experience, ordering a dozen, being told they didn't all hatch, then ended up with 5 roosters in 7 chicks. This was from a different farm I am feeling suspicious, but without a leg to stand on really... how you broach this with someone you want to buy from? Options where I live are limited, and I cannot easily order from a big supplier like McMurray. I'd like to place a small order this spring and wonder if I'll just end up with more cockerels to find homes for... What are people's experiences with this?