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How many chicks if I get straight run?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimmypie, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. kimmypie

    kimmypie Songster

    Sep 1, 2010
    I want to get chicks from a breeder in the spring, and both the breeders that I know of sell only straight run (which makes sense). But I cannot have roosters in my city. So, if I want to end up with 4 pullets how many chicks should I get straight run?

    (And sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm new and still learning everything I can before we start on our chicken adventure next spring)

  2. with straight run its 50 50 do not get straight run if I were you I would go to www.meyerhatchery.com
  3. kimmypie

    kimmypie Songster

    Sep 1, 2010
    I would really rather buy from a local breeder to support them. I can't get a huge shipment of birds either, I have no one to split them with. [​IMG]
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Straight run birds are an "as hatched" mix of males and females. Therefore, if you were to order eight straight run birds, for example, you will get between zero and eight roosters and between zero and eight hens--there is no way to tell. Generally the hatching ratio averages out to be a 50-50 mix, but you are more likely to hit the average if you have ordered large numbers.
  5. EMAW

    EMAW Chirping

    Oct 6, 2010
    SW Michigan
    Meyer Hatchery will ship as few as 3 chickens.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, a breeder's straight run male/female straight run might be more even than a feed store straight run lot, as feed store stock gets picked over by some folks who can guess really good at chick sex, leaving the males behind. That skews the ratio.

    But I've purchased four ducklings at a feed store and ended up with all drakes. Another time, bought two and got a pair. Bought two bantam chicks, got two cockerels, but the next try of two got two pullets.

    Now the only straight run chicks I get are those I hatch myself (or the hens hatch).

  7. corgiscatsandchickens

    corgiscatsandchickens Chirping

    Jun 3, 2011
    Remember, its 50/50 as far as the big picture goes, but you might get an unwelcome surprise. Two cases in point: years ago my grandpa got six RIR eggs to set under one of our hens. You would think half boys half girls, right? Six roos! My batch of BRs that I have now came sexed from a feed store. I hand picked them myself. All supposed to be girls--that's how we wound up with a rooster named Madge!

    If you can't have a rooster, get sexed chicks, and have someone on standby ready to take any roos that sneak through.
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Odds are simply odds. There are no guarantees with straight run. I once got 7 pullets and 0 roosters straight run. Often when I incubate eggs, I get about 2/3 one way or the other, sometimes more male and sometimes more female.

    The odds of you getting four or more females is 50-50 if you get 7 chicks. Getting more increases you odds of getting four or more. But remember I once got 7 out of 7. There is less than a 1% chance of that happening.

    Sorry. There is no easy sure answer unless you can get older chicks so they can be sexed.

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