Is it just my bad luck?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FisherMOM, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Is it just my bad luck, or do most fertilized eggs become roosters?

    we have hatched out 14 eggs in the past year
    and only 4, maybe 5, have been pullets.
    And this is 2 different roosters.

    I am about ready to never hatch eggs again...
    but man I love having chicks around! [​IMG] what a dilemma!
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I think I read on here it's a 50/50 split. I guess I was lucky, my last hatch I had 16 pullets and 5 cocks. I just put an ad in the paper and give them away. Keep trying you should get better, I think maybe after 5 more times. [​IMG]
  3. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    we have such a hard time parting with the roosters..
    because they are always so friendly. [​IMG] Maybe this spring, if my Cochin
    goes I mean BROODY again, will try more eggs. At least having purebred
    d'Uccle chicks should be easier to sell than mutt chicks. I hope!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
  4. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I just last Saturday took some silkies to an auction and got $1.50 each. [​IMG] I tried not to get close to them, the rooster's. They were RIR's and so nice but I gave them to the same people I gave my first roos to and I know they can't won't them so they went to a good home. Good luck.
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:Yup & Yup. [​IMG]
  6. evonne

    evonne Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    Quote:lol.. broosy... is that a cross between broody and bossy?? sounds like a great momma hen...

    i think i got your share of the girls..... i'm afraid to push my luck with hatching... i've gotten all day old chicks from the feed store and out of 17 chickens, only 2 roos.. 1 lf EE, and 1 MFD banty.. 1 for each coop.. lol..

    granted, i got 3 baby ducks.. and they're all boys.. lol..
  7. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    broosy! lol.. I usually catch that typo!

    She is one tough broody.
    She'd stay broody for as long as I kept eggs under her!

    The chicks are going to go out to the chicken shed next week.
    UNLESS someone in the bunch decides to find their vocal chords before then.
  8. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    i've just checked my chicks flock, i set 29 eggs, 9 hatched, 1 died so 8 left and 6 are pullet when 2 are roos and since i put them near my bedroom i always have crower group each morning.

    roo is good but perhaps we *hate* it cause we will have to split them to prevent fighting. don't think to give up hatching due to roo result. what's wrong with roo? we can have our kitchen works then. [​IMG]
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I havent got enough ROOM to have all roosters. I don't have a barn, just a small shed for a coop. One cannot have a flock that consists of 1/3 roosters.. my hens would pay the price big time. And I have maxed out on how many chickens that I can house.
  10. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    i suggest you to cook them, sorry, last resort. [​IMG]

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