They said they are pullets..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NicInNC, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How common is it for feed stores to sell chicks and say that they are a certain gender? The feed store that I got my chicks from said that they were all pullets. I doubted that they really knew, but could they be telling the truth?
     
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    They do come sexed from the hatcheries ... but it's not without mistake... I think it's like a 10% margin of error or something.
     
  3. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 2 and one was a rooster.
     
  4. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its a chance youve gotta take.
     
  5. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been so lucky with my pullet chicks so far....All my 'sexed' chicks have been accurate! Not one rooster! I'm amazed at how well they've done. 3 batches of ideal chicks, and one feed store batch.

    I've heard there's normally a 10 percent margin of error though.
     
  6. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bangor - I'm so glad you said that, my chics from Ideal should get to the feed store this week and I was worried about reliability [​IMG] Thanks for making my day [​IMG]
     
  7. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

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    The Feed Store told me, too that if one of the birds they sold me as a PULLET turns out to be a boy, I can get a replacement girl! (what a deal, huh?) They ordered all RIR pullets from Welp and so far the ones that I chose look girlie [​IMG]
    Good Luck!
     
  8. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally it is considered that the sexing is pretty accurate, but one has to consider that the sexing is done by humans and that the parts being looked at are pretty darn small. Mistakes will happen. For the most part I got females and only rarely ended up with a rooster. Although there was at least one time, when I got as many roosters as pullets. I guess the odds were against me that time. I must have gotten all the boys in that batch [​IMG]
     
  9. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That or someone at their first day of work [​IMG]
     
  10. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And their last! [​IMG]
     

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