Hatchery owner is giving me grief

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BJ, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    I had a previous thread asking about the gender of my buff orps.


    I called the hatchery three times. The owner finally called me back. He asked me WHY I thought they were all roosters. When I told him they all had large combs at 5 weeks, he dismissed it and said ALL have combs at 5 weeks. He did not believe me when I told him one has already crowed (my DH and I have both witnessed him crow). He was rude and made me feel stupid. He had me so rattled after I spoke with him that I cried!! I emailed pictures, on my insistence, so he could have a look himself. I am still waiting to hear back from him.

    Folks, please look again. Is there any possibility I could have a pullet in this group?
    I am so upset and I don't know what to do or what to say to this man!
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Nope, definitely all roos. Sorry! :-(
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They all look like roosters to me. Combs, wattles, thick legs and thighs.
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    They look like my roo at that age. What a jerk!!
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    No, they're all roos. That guy was out of line. Bad customer service!

  6. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    Given the numbers you have, you do not have a lot of leverage even if you tell him you will not buy from him again. All you can do is write a letter to them and indicate that I feel you were rude, condensending and utterly wrong and as such you have told your friends on this site about their customer service. He will ndetstand the ramifications of 13,000 member being told he has lousey Customer service. Then buy elsewhere.
  7. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Just try to remember that everyone has a bad day and makes mistakes sooner or later. My DW bought 5 pullets back in April and as a second thought bought 1 rooster to go along with the girls. Guess what ALL 5 "pullets" are roosters and the 1 that was supposed to be a roo has turned out to be a hen. Mistakes happen, but your right there is no excuse for being rude about it.
  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Which hatchery was it?

    Send him an email containing the thread where you asked what gender they were. That way he knows you aren't the "only" one who thinks they are roosters.

  9. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I'd say roos too, but I am not that advanced in knowledge, but, I must commend you on the numbering and the shots you have taken, and it seems quite amusing to the chicks that there is a number there.
    So sorry for your frustration and lack of attention.
  10. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    THOSE ARE ROOS!!! I got a 'pullet' BO from my feed store, 8 total, and I happened to get the one that IS NOT A PULLET!!! I have 7 pullets and one roo, after my order for a BO roo already when through. At 5.5 weeks, you better believe those are roos. I can take pics of my BO hens just to prove it if you'd like. My BO hens are about 15 weeks old (one, from a previous batch, is 21 wks) and NONE of them, even at their ages, have the really red combs. The one who is 21 weeks is getting there, she's gonna be laying soon, but the others aren't even close. Time to try your hand at vent sexing with a video camera watching!!! LOL!!!

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