Well THIS didn't work out so well....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happybooker1, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of 15 Bantams, I have 11 definite Roo's. What ever happened to 50/50??!!

    And so far I've only found a home for ONE Splash Silkie roo. I have advertised on CL and some other local ad sites. I've had a couple of people contact me about my Mille Fleur Roo but they're too far away.

    I thought SURE I'd end up with more than FOUR hens. Actually I'm only 100% sure about the Black Frizzle and the Dark Brahma. The 2 Silkies I *think* are hens could still be Roo's too. And the Sultan I don't have a clue about. Oh I have 2 Seramas also which I'm pretty sure are hens but they're so small they're really for 'fun' anyway.

    ALL the Cochins I kept out of the original bunch from McMurrays are males: 2 Lavenders, 1 each Black, White, and Buff. Beautiful Cochins -- but Roo's. The Mille Fleur is a GORGEOUS boy. The Splash Silkie which I really REALLY wanted -- boy. 3 of the Black Silkies I bought later -- boys.

    I have a LOVELY mixed flock of beautiful colors -- it KILLS me to have to get rid of so many boys. And they are all so friendly. Come running when I show up, eat raisins out of my hand. This is why I wanted to get them as chicks. Now I have to get rid of so many of them -- I'd have been better off buying pullets. UGH!

    Guess I'll try to give them away -- but NO ONE around here wants Bantam Roos!!
     
  2. jessicaroo

    jessicaroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just ordered 15 silkies from McMurray and I really hope I don't get stuck with so many roos! :-/
    good luck finding them homes!
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Bummer. But if it makes you feel any better, I had to weed out quite a few roos before I ended up with the 4 Silkie hens I have now. Bantams are tough, since they really can't be sexed as babies. Sometimes luck of the draw isn't so lucky :/ Good luck finding homes for your boys. I tried selling mine on Craigslist, but ended up having to give them away.
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  4. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been advertising them on CL since they were 5 weeks old (they're now 15 weeks). I HAVE offered them for free -- NO ONE around here wants Bantam roo's. And I live in a semi-rural area!!
     
  5. heby

    heby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What state do u live in
     
  6. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG, this scares me haha...I really hope to get 10 hens out of the 30 d'Uccles I purchased...Please I pray I get 10 hens!!!
     
  7. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh boy, I've got 15 bantams coming too...I so hope I don't have a lot of roos!

    I ordered 8 from My Pet Chicken and since they sex bantams my odds are better, but the 15 I ordered somewhere else 'cause MPC didn't have the other breeds I wanted. Both orders are shipping close to each other.

    I know I'm gonna worry the whole time until I figure out what I've got. Then I'll worry some more if I get too many roos, lol!

    I guess that's the chance you take with bantams though, but they happened to be the best fit for my family and situation.
     
  8. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even ordering pullets you still have a 10% chance of getting a roo. That's just about the best they can do. Don't know that the hatchery will do anything after this long but you might give them a call.
     
  9. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't buy sexed Bantams -- they were 25 straight run. I got 27 and took 17 to the feed store to trade for dog food. Out of the 10 I kept from McMurrays (picked strictly on color only) I only got a Dark Brahma and a Frizzle Cochin hens. There's a Sultan that could be either -- s/he is kinda androgenous at this point. ALL the others are definitely roo's. :(

    I bought 7 Silkies from an individual. 1 disappeared. Out of the 6 I have left, 3 Definitely and another probable are Roo's.
     
  10. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm the one that ordered the sexed bantams...well, partially. I realize that even with the sexed bantams it's not 100%, but I also ordered 15 straight run from a different hatchery that the place that sexes (My Pet Chicken) didn't have. I ordered 2 of each from MPC, raising my chances of getting pullets in the breeds I wanted though. The straight run order is the one I'm mainly worried about 'cause what you get is a toss up. I was told to order 3-4 of each breed to raise my chances of at least getting a pullet out of the three breeds I was wanting, but I went and ordered 5 of each breed to both meet the minimum order for bantams and to raise my chances. I hope it works! [​IMG]

    I'm so sorry you had such cruddy luck happybooker. [​IMG] Yeah, maybe you can call the hatchery? I'm not sure they'd do anything about it either, but that sure is a bad ratio. I know if I owned a hatchery I'd feel terrible for you and would offer to do something.
     

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