How many??

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Kitt, May 24, 2011.

  1. Kitt

    Kitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking at the hatcheries and thinking about ordering a rainbow layer pack...thats all fine...all girls
    But....
    I'm also looking at another package and wonder...on an order of 25, what's the percentage of possible roo's?
     
  2. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    its suppose to be 50% males and 50% females, butmore often then not, there seems to be more males then females.
     
  3. Kitt

    Kitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like those odds. Not even close. With my luck I'd have all roos. [​IMG]
     
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of 15 it looks like 4 roos 11 hens, this is the first half of my order. The 2nd half is still too young to tell. I don't get hatchery chicks anymore, I go to a breeder, not because of odds. I was disappointed in the final size of my BRs. Too small, not the Medicine balls I had years ago from a breeder.
     
  5. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyer says they have a 90% accurate sexing rate. I was shipped 27 and so far we only have one roo..unless someone else is a late bloomer
     
  6. Kitt

    Kitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about a rainbow pullet package and then I found another package I wanted but they only sold it in straight run.

    I would go to a breeder but I only know 2. One does welsummers and I really don't want a lot of those and the other one has Silkies and a few others but trying to get what I want from her can be a little difficult. I have been on a waiting list for Dorkings for almost a year. And there is no way she can supply me with 50 to 100 chicks.

    Then I do want some breeds that I can only seem to find at the Hatcheries. Can't even find them on Craigslist. [​IMG]
     
  7. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

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    From what I hear expect at least 50% roos. I placed a small order, 7 chicks, and got 1 roo, and that was SEXED to be female. Even then, many people tell me I got lucky.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Hatcheries sex all chicks if they are a breed that is sold as sexed. First they fill the pullet-only orders, then they fill the cockerel-only orders. As you can imagine, they don't get a whole lot of cockerel-only orders. So after filling the pullet-only orders they fill the straight run orders. Fewer pullets due to the pullet-only orders. It should be 50/50, but I would expect at least 75/25 males and females. If I got more pullets than 1/4 of the chicks I would be surprised. But if you order chicks that are not sold as sexed (bantams, etc) then it should theoretically be 50/50 but it's still luck of the draw.
     

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