How many roosters from hatcheries?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Summer98, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    When ordering day old chicks from a hatchery, I see you have the option of ordering sexed chicks, but they only guarantee 90% success rate in sexing them. I'm just wondering from people's experiences, how many roosters do you typically end up with? I think I am going to order 25 female day old chicks. So what can I expect?
  2. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    when I ordered from cackle a couple years ago I ordered 15 hens and 3 roosters and thats exactly what i got. [​IMG] But not everyone has the same experience. I now hatch I don't have a choice LOL but when I ordered 2 kinds of sex link, and EE' purebreds I have hatched or bought.
  3. blkpoodles

    blkpoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Winsted, CT
    Quote:i ordered chicks from ideal poultry, i ordered 3 EE pullets and got pullets, my others are straight run so theyre unsexed
  4. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    Altoona, PA
    I ordered 15 pullets from Ideal Poultry and got 15 pullets. (and 3 Buff Brahma roosters as packing peanuts)
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    The hatcheries will guarantee 90%, but I think actual accuracy is about 96%- 97%.

    Many will throw in a couple of excess males as packing peanuts-- unless, of course, you were secretly hoping to get a flock rooster without having to pay for one. If you are hoping for a few roosters, you probably won't get any.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Long ago when I actually used to order from hatcheries, I got a good 5-10% males, yes. In some groups I'd get a male per 9 females, in other batches I'd get a male per 12 females.
  7. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I ordered 15 sexed female day-olds from mcmurray, and got 1 rooster. A partridge rock. We'll see if he continues to behave himself. [​IMG]
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I've ordered a gosling pair from Ideal, got a gosling pair (male and female) and 12 RIR cockerel packing peanuts. Split an order of 25, some sexed pullets and straight run chicks of a certain breed, and got all pullets of the sexed ones. Ordered 25 pullets from MyPetChicken and got 25 pullets and 2 extras; two of the 27 were cockerels, but I don't know if they were the two "extra" chicks or mistakes in the 25 pullets.

    All in all, I am pretty happy with what I received.
  9. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2010
    I ordered 7 Brabanter pullets and 1 rooster from Ideal back in May, and that's what I got. I also ordered 2 Old English Game Bantams, which were unsexed, but turned out to be a pair. They also threw in 7 extra packing peanut Barred Rocks, which turned out to be 6 roosters and 1 pullet.
  10. K-9mom

    K-9mom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    I ordered 10 day old pullets from Ideal this summer and specifically told them NOT to add any "packing peanuts" if they could be roo's and I only got the 10 pullets that I requested w/o extra's.

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