Meyer Hatchery sexing, and breed quality? (Polish)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by horseemom, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. horseemom

    horseemom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Vancouver Island CANADA
    So I bought some Polish off a local who got her order in from Mayer and they told her their sexing is 90% pullets. So I confidently bought 6 from her at 1 week old. Now correct me if I am wrong but at 2 months the bright red waddles are roosters right? I have 2 of the 6 pegged as roosters. We already have a resident silkie rooster. Can 3 roosters live in harmony as they mature?
    Here are some pics. The one rooster with the" mullet crest" I have thought was a rooster for a while based on his crest, the other was a surprise!

    (Okay I added a pic of my healthy Buff Laced too 'cause she is so cute! It this bearded, muffed, both??)

    Not sure I would order from there again, with the inaccurate sexing, and the lacing is not to obvious on the buffs. I love my "pets" but I don't think they are a good representation of the breed? Should they have so much black on the white crests?



  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I don't know if they are roos or not, but those eyes look evil.
  3. FarmGirl21

    FarmGirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    In the top picture it looks like you have a hen (left) and a roo (right).
  4. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I've purchased several birds from Meyers and while they are healthy (and very cute) I usually end up with several roosters. IMO they don't make the 90%.
  5. Ya gotta love the poliskis. We have quite a few polish in just about every color. You can tell a roo really easy. The roo has a V-shaped comb. You can look this up, here is a link to this forum:

    I think that Polish roos are really purdy. We have a silver, brown, fawn and golden laced polish roo in the herd. They are gentle and caring breeders. They get pretty darn big too.
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I'm only seeing the one roo. And I've seen a lot of pictures of non-hatchery quality WCB with black in their crests like yours. They're beautiful, lucky you.
  7. horseemom

    horseemom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Vancouver Island CANADA
    So the red waddles aren't always roosters? The others in the group don't have waddles yet. See second picture with other 2 hens in foreground. I really thought the one on the left was a hen, based on her crest, while the one on the right was for sure a roo from early on [​IMG] The waddles just threw me?

    I will go check the combs this morning [​IMG]
    I really was happy to have one roo, but two was a bit disappointing, looks like you all think he is a she!

    ... I know her name!!! Lola! I really thought she was a roo.
  8. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2008
    My birds are from Meyer & they are cute. I found that their Polish are okay; their Silkies are real mutts.
    Regarding the question of possible harmony - my answer is no. I had to rehome two Polish roosters and two Silkie roos. They fought! I had read that roosters "don't get along." I suppose if your definition of disharmony is attempted murder, that is right on target. I now have a Silkie roo and an Andalusian - in a large coop with 22 hens. About every two weeks they just go at it. The Andalusian generally ends up bloodied. BTW: I rehomed the Polish roos because they were far fiercer than any of the others.
    I regret getting/keeping any roosters. Can't rehome them now, they are DD's dear pets!
    Oh, my Meyer order was pretty right on - as far as sexing. I ordered a 25 pullet pack, 3 straight run silkies, a Polish roo and hen. They sent 31 chicks. The silkies were all roos, the Polish were as ordered, and I ended up with 2 extra roos. That's about 92%. I have no complaints.
  9. horseemom

    horseemom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Vancouver Island CANADA
    Yes, that is just it, they are pets now [​IMG] I may put up a new fence and keep the coop divided if the roosters fight. Keep Silkies on one side polish on the other. The silkies never perch or go up to the nests anyway so they get the ground floor [​IMG]

    I checked the combs...?? They don't have an obvious comb? Is it the sear (skin on top of beak, but not going up into the feather line?) My Lola is BIG- like Buck, the rooster. Either she is a quicker grower, or she is transgendered (intersexed?)

    I put too much thought into my chickens.... [​IMG] Next the coop will start hosting chicken pride parades [​IMG]
  10. briesberrypatch

    briesberrypatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2008
    Yellow Springs, OH
    I ordered from Meyer this spring, and I will never order from them again. The chicks arrived sick, and Meyer wouldn't even talk to me. They kept saying their health specialist would call me back - she never did. I finally called McMurray since I'd ordered from them in the past, and they kindly advised me on how to treat them. Six chicks out of 26 became sick, and they died very quickly. Of those that survived, the sexing was 100%.

    As I said, I'll never order from Meyer again because of the way they treated me. McMurray has earned my business by offering great service and advice even though the chicks had come from another hatchery.

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