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Tractor Supply didn't give me the right chicken..

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by BayPanda, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. BayPanda

    BayPanda New Egg

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    I had bought 3 leghorns from the pullet basket at tractor supply and they are all about 4 weeks old and I noticed one of them is a roo! I have no idea what to do with him.. He's such a sweetheart though![​IMG]
    Has this happened to anyone else?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Tractor Supply is absolutely FAMOUS for screwing up chick sales.

    I was sold Rhode Island Red's that turned out to be another breed. When I asked for my money back or chicks to replace them, I had to have my receipt. Of course, I didn't have my receipt.
     
  3. Anira

    Anira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sexing is NOT 100% guaranteed. Even the best chick sexers can make mistakes. It happens.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Is the comb already red or is it just larger than the rest? To me it still looks pink.
     
  5. BayPanda

    BayPanda New Egg

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    It looks pink to me too. I've been told that it is and isn't a roo
     
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    If it 's still pink then it's a pullet. All Leghorns, even females, have very large combs.
     
  7. HTChick

    HTChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree. I received two leghorn pullets in my mixed assortment from McMurray Hatchery. Their combs stayed very light nearly up to laying. About 3 weeks ago (they were born Oct 13, 2015), the combs began to grow and get red. They started laying very soon after and I have had 2 white eggs nearly every day. Their combs are large and red now. Don't give up, very likely your sweetie is a pullet. Mine have gotten much less skittish since beginning to lay.
     
  8. bantambarnyard

    bantambarnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a pullet to me. The comb would start turning bright red. How old are they?
     
  9. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pullet is my vote. I have 5 WL pullets that just hit 1 year. They all had me fooled at first. They grow a huge comb real fast. As long as it stays pink until laying starts your good. They are great layers just not good for dual purpose.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do you have a picture of him this week?
     

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