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When I will find out my pullets are really pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Toi-toi, May 14, 2010.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    When I was looking chicks at hatchery, they said "90% accurate of sexing".
    But I bought my speckled sussex at feedstore and they said "they are all pullets, but no guarantee".
    They are only 3days old right now.
    (well I bought on Wednesday and they said one day old. But they got shipment on the morning. Are they really a day old??)
    Some are little bigger than others. Some are always pecking on someone.
    When I can tell, "yes, they are all pullets"??
  2. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    about a month? two?
  3. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    A month or two... Then start showing?
    I'm not sure I can wait that long [​IMG] But it will be fun to find out.

    I'm wondering.... How many people bought pullet but ended up with roo...
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing 9 Years

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Haha - I bought four out of the straight run bin and they are all girls. What are the odds? As for telling girls or boys, if they are sex-linked, you can tell immediately if they are boys or girls. For Barred Rocks, it is pretty easy to tell boys from girls early on. For most other breeds, 4-5 weeks is when it gets easier to tell. However sometimes a roo will develop a pink comb and be an obvious roo even by 2-3 weeks.
  5. dulcimer lady

    dulcimer lady Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Mine are 6 weeks old and I'm still having trouble figuring it out.
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I can tell mine with good accuracy at about 4 weeks of age. EEs are the only ones that I have trouble with. [​IMG]
  7. countrychix

    countrychix Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Frewsburg, NY
    Of my first hatch, now 5 weeks old, I am sure one is a pullet, one a roo and the remaining 4 I just can't tell. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

    I too have pulled out the pullets from the straight run bin at the feed store- they were cheaper. I'm sure the store employees thought I was crazy, as did my kids, but they were sex-links. I just couldn't get through to them that I was sure about what I was getting.
  8. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I bought mine from a feed store and was told they were all pullets. Well, my one 6 week old Silver Lace Wyandotte has a waddle so long now that it flaps. But there are still things that make me think pullet (legs the same thickness as the others etc). Someone in that brooder is making a sound like a squeaky gate. I might as well face it I got me a roo.

    I'm still not 100% sure about the others and I have another batch of three week olds coming up. So far they all seem to be pullets.
  9. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    I think I got one roo, not sure but I feel like it.
    Only one acts different than others and stand up so high and loud when others peeping for help.
    Only 4days old now so have to wait and see...
  10. Manda0227

    Manda0227 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    When they lay an egg, or crow! That seems to be the consensus for most chickens! I'm still up in the air about my Barred Rock. No signs of crowing yet- but still way too young for an egg! Its all a big waiting game! But worth every minute!

    Also- I have thought about the "day olds" thing. I don't think they are all day olds. I'm not 100% sure on how hatcheries work- but if the eggs go into lockdown on day 18 of incubation like we do at home, some eggs hatch earlier than others, some later.. then combine that with shipping.. I think possibly some chicks could be a day or two, maybe 3? This is just my brain thinking of this, cause some of my chicks seem to just "look" older by a day or two- the others catch up!
    Last edited: May 15, 2010

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