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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by akahn01, Mar 27, 2007.
What is the difference between pullets and straight runs? Do you have any reccomendations?
If you order pullets they will be about 90% females. If you order straight run they will be 50% males and 50% females. Generally you want females to lay eggs, and excessive males = harsh on hens.
Andrew, pullets are females only. Straight ru is a mix of males and females, usually around 50%.
Depends on what you want for your flock.
Just hens for eggs or males for breeding and possible meat?
Oh, but the hatchery i was looking at had an option for just buying females. I guess that means it is a 100% chance?
There is never a guarantee of 100% unless you purchase point-of-lay or started pullets.
Point-of-lay or started pullets are female birds almost ready to start laying eggs. They can be purchased from 17 - 20 weeks of age, depending on the hatchery.
We ordered 25 female day-old chicks (pullets).
The hatchery guaranteed 90-95% accuracy.
Guess what - we have 2 males (cockerels)!
So, even if you order all female chicks (pullets) they won't necessarily all be female.
If you order a straight run, you could get more girls that boys, or more boys than girls, but mostly likely it will be 50-50 split.
Lets keep our fingers crossed i get all ladies
Well, good luck with that! Personally, I haven't had much luck with the cross-your-fingers method.... for me it's cross-your-toes!