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Male and female percentage on straight run chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CindyS, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just talked to someone at an auction who was selling some roosters. He said he had ordered 50 straight run assorted chickens. (From murray mcmurray) He got a good assortment, BUT 48 roosters and 7 hens! No way it was straight run! some deliberate dunking into the rooster trays! I asked him if he complained, he said yes, that they said they had no control over percentages on straight run, yah right!
     
  2. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's just wrong!

    Ours was a straight run (bantam mix) and we had 7 Roo's and 8 Hens... Not a great ratio-- but to be expected.... but NEVER that high a % of Roo's!!!
     
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not the first time I've heard of people being shafted on strt runs from McM

    I helped a friend butcher 30 roos from a strt run order of 35 barred rocks. Her sister had almost the same thing happen with Polish the year before.

    Someone told me they fill the pullet orders then the strt run from what's left.
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I bought 18 welsummers from Estes Hatchery and with a dozen BAs. The welsummers were straight run and I got 19 of which 6 were cockerals. I've been told you should typical expect about 45% cockerals with most straight runs.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The usual is 50/50, however that can vary from hatch to hatch and I've seen it here in my own hatches. Sometimes I get lots of girls, other times lots of boys and other times about half and half. There's no rhyme or reason to what hatches it seems. [​IMG]
     
  6. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had twelve chicks straight run. 7 were roosters and 5 were hens. I guess those are pretty good odds, right??? [​IMG]
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I remember a time I did a small BO hatch to raise up some new young pullets for the next season. I hatched 11 babies and 10 of them were roos. [​IMG] Then I heard from a couple folks who say they get high percentages of pullets from my eggs. It's kind of a like a box of chocolates..you never know what you're gonna get. [​IMG]
     
  8. your_pal_skip

    your_pal_skip Out Of The Brooder

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    I always thought that the sex of the chick was determined by the temperature during incubation. Somebody told me that at the county fair when I was a little kid, and it stuck in my head. Of course now I know that it's only true for reptiles, but it does make you wonder what's going on with 90% cockerel or pullet hatches.

    Of course there is this crazy patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5575237.html

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    gist is that carefully controlled temperature changes during incubation can slightly effect the ratio of females to males, but it's likely that the ratio is changed because one of the genders is more susceptible to being killed by the change in temperature.
     

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