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 Thanks for taking the time, everyone! I appreciate it!