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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ddcoyne, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. ddcoyne

    ddcoyne Chirping

    Apr 5, 2011
    Being new to chickens, I'm just curious about how often you buy "pullets" and then they turn out to be roos. We bought 10 pullets from the feed store. I'm hoping we really got pullets.

  2. homesteadinmama

    homesteadinmama Chirping

    Mar 30, 2011
    I am curious about this too. I am getting 12 next week. I have heard experienced "sexers" can be about 90-95% accurate... I am hopeing for one roo [​IMG]
  3. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    I only bought once from a feed store, my very first chickens

    got 4, one turned out to be a rooster. All three pullets died and we were left with the rooster.
    I hope 1 in 4 isnt a good representation, because thats high odds.

    He was a pretty cool rooster though.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    The only time I bought sexed chicks from a feed store, I bought 3 SLWs and 3 BOs and all 6 were pullets. Since then I have been hatching my own.
  5. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Songster

    Mar 10, 2011
    Northeast Pennsylvania
    I got 5 straight run Brown Leghorns that 2 of were roos. I also got the 3TTs, 3ALs and 3RSLs pre-sexed. Of course the RSLs were foolproof. I noticed one of my Amberlinks have a much redder comb and wattles, but they are very small compared to the BLH roo who is a week younger than her, so I am sure she's a she. All of the rest are straight run. My BAs look like a 7 pullets and 8 roos. The rest are to small or I just can't tell. My Barred Rocks should be able to be sexed, but... I see all roos, maybe one pullet. I dunno...
  6. TSC sold me six black Australorp pullets. I bought them the first day of Chick Days and they had just came in. It appears that their 'pro sexer' was 33.3% wrong. Two are roosters.
  7. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    My first purchase from a hatchery was golden comets because I knew that I would get too attatched, and would be devestated if I had to give away a roo. Somehow, someway, the hatchery gave me a roo in my batch of 4.[​IMG]

    My policy is to just buy two more than you intend to have. It's how I justify my number of chickens to DH. Chicken Math![​IMG]

  8. kiwismom

    kiwismom In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    I buy from Orschlens and never got a roo, in sexed ones.
  9. newchknmama

    newchknmama Chirping

    Mar 23, 2011
    Middleton ID
    I bought 4 from a local hatchery that was supposed to have a 90% guarantee. I have 2 that are suspiciously roo-ish.. and I bought a Polish that I am pretty sure is a pullett from my feed store who gets their chicks from McMurray and they said they rarely ever have a problem with any of theirs turning out to be a roo. so If my 2 suspicious ones are roos, then 2 of 5 at a "supposed" 90% guarantee.. not good odds for me, Id be terrified to pull from a straight run!
  10. Hottchick

    Hottchick Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    I got 7 pullets from TSC last year, my first babies. 4 turned out to be roos.

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