What are the odds?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Alo, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Alo

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    I bought 15 day old straight run chicks, that are all roosters!!!
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Don't buy lotto tickets.
     
  3. Alo

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    They're rare breeds, that don't have any mates in Hawaii!

    I just noticed, they're ALL growing spurs!

    And I just ordered 30 more chicks from the same breeder for $500...

    What should I do about it?
     
  4. Alo

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    I didn't buy lotto chicks, and they were advertised as laying 250 eggs a year.
     
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  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Are you going to process them? You can at least raise them up for meat.
     
  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Rare breeds? What kind? And how old are your first birds now?
    Need to know because some hens grow spurs, it isn't a purely male trait.
     
  7. Alo

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    I have Bresse and Olandsk Dwarfs...

    I'm texting with the breeder right now, and he tells me they could still be hens.



    Asils are good for hatching eggs?
     
  8. townchicks

    townchicks Free Ranging

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    I don't know how breeders do it, but it seems to me that with straight run, the odds are more likely to skew to male. More people want to buy sexed pullets, so what happens to the males, and the iffy ones? They get sold as straight run. At least it seems likely with hatcheries, they still want to sell as many as they can. I could be completely wrong, but I've seen so many posts on here about people getting a high number of males with straight run chicks. That's my theory.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    All chickens have spur buds. Don't be quick to divest yourself of your birds. Can you post pictures.
     
  10. Kabootar

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    Never buy straight run chicks from an unreliable source.
     

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