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How common is it to accidentally take home rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nicole01, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I bought 3 hens. Well, I pray they are hens. The hatchery says there is no guarantee and that there is a slight possibility there is a rooster in our small flock. I will be crushed if I have to sell one of my "girls". I love every one of them!

    I'm reading through the posts and there are so many of you that have roosters. If I do end up with a rooster can I bring in a new chick or two? We prefer to have just 3, but 4 wouldn't be so bad. I really want a buff brahma.[​IMG]

    How common is it to end up with a rooster?
  2. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Merritt Island
    Hmmm... I bought 4 "pullets" from a BYC member and two of them where roos. Whoopsie [​IMG]
    No worse for wear though- I brought the roosters to my local feed store, since I couldn't find anybody who wanted them, and I now have a flock of five lovely ladies!
  3. nobodyherebutuschickens

    nobodyherebutuschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2010
    Erie, Colorado
    If your hatchery sexers are 90% accurate, then 2.7 of your chickens will be girls. So, you'll only get .3 of a roo. [​IMG] As long as you're allowed to keep roosters in your area, I wouldn't worry too much. Besides, even if one is a roo, he'll do a good job of protecting your girls.
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    We did buy our babies from the hatchery. I do not know if we are allowed any roosters. Hubby never asked. Our neighbors would not be happy if we had a rooster though. Our girls will be outside in a chicken run. We are going to do a portable one and move it around the yard. Our neighbors lost all their chickens and ducks in the past. Too much danger for free range. Otherwise, someone will be outside with the girls.

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