Straight run roo to pullet average?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gerry2011, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do the hatcheries make any statement of average (or guarantee?) of roos to pullets on straight run orders? Friend told me it ran 50/50, but I didn't think that sounded right.
     
  2. ChickasaurusRex

    ChickasaurusRex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TRUTHFULLY.... more like a 60/40 Roo or pullet [​IMG]
    but you never know... you can get lucky or have really bad luck
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    50/50
     
  4. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I guess he wasn't so far off after all.
     
  5. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say it depends more on the hatchery and their honesty, If you get a ton of roos I would switch hatcherys.
     
  6. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't have thought of the hatchery being at fault. Would have just thought it was bad luck and if repeated orders came out the same, I'd just blamed the odds. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  7. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straight run I ended up with 7 roos and 7 pullets (out of 14). Since I can't bring myself to butcher, I have learned that I will never do straight run again. It was really fun watching them grow and the roos are so silly so not a good thing for me.

    I purchased 14 Golden Comet pullets from Tractor Supply and ended up with one rooster....who is a Production Red too...[​IMG] So far he's been a really good boy, very tame. Here is Rueben (Ruby).
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  8. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty boy [​IMG]
     
  9. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they say it is "as hatched" but they could throw in extra roo's, dishonestly, to get rid of them and cut cost.
     
  10. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well....people come straight run and the percentage of the US is about 51 to 49 % in favor of women. Chickens are probably about the same, 50/50. But that doesn't mean out of 20 straight run chicks you will get 10 hens every time. You might get 19 roosters. Just like if you set 20 eggs you might. It's really luck of the draw, like tossing a coin 10 times---in theory you get 5 heads and 5 tails but in reality that doesn't happen often. If you want one sex or the other go for sexed chicks but even sexed chicks only have a 90% expected accuracy so you can expect one "mistake'" out of every 10.

    I doubt hatcheries are going to mess with straight run---it takes too much time and the minute amount of money they save isn't worth the effort or the potential damage to customer relations.
     

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