What has been your male / female ratio when ordering straight runs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kelly G, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I am getting ready to order some Polish and Silkie bantams. It is VERY expensive to order sexed bantams ($10 per pullet)...so I think I'll order a straight run (less than $3.00 per bird).

    I would LOVE to end up with 6 Polish and 1 Silkie pullets. My dilemma is how many to order so I can get the females I want without ending up with a crazy number of cockrels (they will have to go). The way I figure: 7 sexed pullets will cost me $70 - and I can purchase 24 from a straight run for that amount!!! Plus this would ensure any (sad) attrition would be compensated by the extras that I ordered.

    My question is this: When you've ordered a "straight run," how many males / females did you recieve? How many did you order all together?

    before you point out that I should, theoretically, have a 50/50 split - I want to know what your real-life experience has been...I understand the science/math - just looking for reality [​IMG]

    Thanks for taking the time, everyone! I appreciate it!
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  2. Eggzactly

    Eggzactly Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    I got 8 roosters out of 25 chicks I ordered from Sandhill preservation last year.
  3. GraceAK

    GraceAK Songster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Eagle River, AK
    maybe 15 polish and 3 silkies, more to be sure. 16 polish 4 silkies would probably get you what you want.
  4. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    It varies. I sold a friend 10 Sussex chicks. She got 8 hens. I have 80 percent roosters out of the approximately 50 sussex I have. I got 7 Drakes out of 10 From Holdereads, and 50-50 from Cackle.
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    I've had really really good luck with st runs being 50/50 from Ideal, even on my bantams.

    I will say my broody hatched 5 roosters out of 6 eggs for me recently....not good luck there [​IMG]
  6. chixie

    chixie Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    i orderd 10 silkies last year...i only know for sure one roo(beliee there is more)...i kept two of my packing peanuts and ended up with one pullet and one roo

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