Tractor Supply Straight Run

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by ChickChic1403, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. ChickChic1403

    ChickChic1403 New Egg

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    I just called my local Tractor Supply and asked about their chick stock. They told me that they will carry Buff Orpingtons which is awesome, since that is the breed I want. My concern now is that they sell straight run chicks. Has anyone bought from Tractor Supply and will they let me sex the chicks before purchase?? The last thing I want as a beginner is 5 roosters!

    Thanks!
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure about your local TSC, but mine has cattle panels up around the chick bins and nobody is allowed to touch the chicks unless you are a store employee. Your particular Tractor Supply may be different though.

    Welcome to BYC! And good luck wih your new arrivals!
     
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  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Simple word of strong advice. If you cannot have cockerels, please do not buy straight run chicks, regardless of how attractive the impulse might be.
     
  4. Adam7

    Adam7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering how you were going to try to sex these chicks?
     
  5. ChickChic1403

    ChickChic1403 New Egg

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    Buying straight run was not my intention from day 1. I have been looking into other hatcheries, specifically Meyer, for buying my chicks. But I thought it was at least worth a shot to inquire into somewhere local.
     
  6. ChickChic1403

    ChickChic1403 New Egg

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    I was going to attempt it by looking at their feathers. I was told this only works in the first few days so it was just a thought.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I'm wincing. Feather checking is sketchy as the parent stock has to be bred specifically for that feature. This is double breeding. Breeding the males line for short feathering, let's say, and the female line for long feathering, let's say.

    Without knowing that the hatchery used this method to make these chicks? It'd be a total guess. Lots and lots of folks get a whole bunch of unwanted cockerels that way. Even with vent sexing, still, one chick in 10 will still be marked incorrectly.
     
  8. ChickChic1403

    ChickChic1403 New Egg

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    Ok thank you for the advice. As I said, I was just trying to explore all options being a newbie. We have a hatchery about an hour drive from our house that sells pullets which is also an option. I really wanted to raise the chicks myself though.
     
  9. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How odd...our TSC BOs are pullets, not straight run. I asked a store employee to help me pick 2 pullets and one cockerel when my TSC had straight run gold laced wyandottes and he did. He might not have been supposed to, but he was very nice to even try.
     
  10. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do they sell any already sexed?
    you might want to try those first, especially if you are looking to get layers (i dont know what you are looking for), buff orpingtons are poor layers. [​IMG] i would get red sex links, black and cinnamon queens if they have them!
     

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