Disappointed with hatcheries

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Cafediem, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Cafediem

    Cafediem New Egg

    Apr 27, 2010
    Twice we bought from a hatchery and twice we got some roosters together with some hens.

  2. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Its hard sometimes to sex the animals especially if they are smaller chickens.
  3. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    How many roos did you get with each order? Most hatcheries have a guarantee that if you get more than X number of roos in lets say an order of 25 then they will refund you the cost of the chicks. Most hatcheries say that you might get some roos with each pullet order.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida

    Did you order just sexed pullets or straight run? Either way, it's always a good idea to have a Plan B for any unwanted roos that result. Hatcheries generally guarantee 90% accuracy in their sexing, so there's always a chance for an error. If you're ordering straight run you have a 50-50 chance each chick will be a roo.

    Or did they just add extra chicks to your order that happened to be roos? Often they'll do that to get rid of extra roo chicks, and/or to add warmth & padding.

    The only ways to guarantee you'll only get pullet chicks is to order a sex-linked breed or buy older chicks. I wish you the best of success with the birds you have!
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    There's always going to be the chance of having a mis-sexed chick. Also, some hatcheries will even tell you that they added a couple roosters in there as "warmers" or "packing peanuts" to keep the rest warm.
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Quote:Very true, and those "warmers" or "packing peanuts" drive me nuts!!! I like roos, but you can very quickly have too much of a good thing.
  7. prov31gal

    prov31gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    over the mountain
    i love packing peanuts. im always glad when i get them, there usually just a plain old heavy breed or production roo. nothing special, but thats good! because we eat them! and id rather eat a leghorn than a mottled houdan!

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