Poor average..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trapper Brian, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Trapper Brian

    Trapper Brian Hatching

    Apr 3, 2008
    I havent posted before but have been reading the site for a while now. It is a very valuable resource for someone like me who is very inexperienced.

    I fixed up a 12x14 foot room in our old tobacco barn and purchased 12 rhode island reds. They are 5 weeks now and doing very well, in spite of the cold temperatures.

    I have 2 daughters, 2 and 4 years old, and they love their new little friends.

    Im a little disappointed that my cock-pullet average seems to be around 50%... maybe less. When can I expect to know for sure the gender? Any other thoughts?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD


    If you got straight run 50/50 hens to roos is the correct amount. If you bought "sexed pullets" then someone got the order mixed up.

    At 6 weeks or so, the roos will start to be pretty apparent if not already so. Some are late bloomers too. 8 weeks can pretty much show you for sure. If you can post pics, we can all guess.
  3. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Welcome to BYC! 50/50 isn't bad for straight run. You should be able to tell the sex now if you look at the combs and wattle development. Maybe someone can post some pics of their little roos and pullets side by side. I only have little pullets right now.

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