WHY did I hatch so many roos?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by keesmom, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    All but one of my hatches this year were mostly roos. I gave up when my last hatch was 8 boys, 2 pullets. At the end of the season my total was 31 roos and only 11 pullets. I used both an LG forced air incubator and a Brinsea ECO 20.

    Is there anything I'm doing that would cause far more roos to hatch than pullets? Or did I just have really bad luck?

    -Cindy

    Oh, forgot one other hatch. So my total for the year was 35 roos, 12 pullets.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2009
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It's the luck of the draw. If you get to around 100 chicks, it tends to even out to about 50/50 pullets/roos.
     
  3. kcravey

    kcravey Out Of The Brooder

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    Look at it like you are raising food for your family. Thats what we do with our extras. I also plan to keep a back up roo for each flock in case I lose the main one.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    When you hatch in small quantities it usually happens more cockerels than pullets. Trust me I've been hatching all year long 2 doz. or so at a time with 4 incubators going! I am the Queen of Rooster hatches!!! Freezer camp!
     
  5. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    i've hatched over 500 this year and the % of roos this year was higher for me, and a few others Ive talked too, must be a year for roo's
     
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:The Langshan eggs I got from you was the only hatch I had where there were more pullets. Two roos and 5 pullets.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I had someone email me for a rooster because they hatched all pullets out of my eggs. So I guess it really varies.

    Out of 1805 chicks hatched for me in the last year, it has pretty much evened out to about 50/50.
     
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe your trying to hatch too many pointy eggs, or is it too many roundy eggs?? I will have to research this and get back to ya. [​IMG]
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:If I ever hatch 1800+ eggs the only thing I can be sure of is I'll be divorced. [​IMG]
     

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