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Why do you keep chickens in the house in Texas ?
Ours have been outside in the coop since they were a day old. Highest temperature here since then was in the 40's. Low was -29º. Yes that's below zero.
Straight run chicks are not sexed. So you get both pullets & cockerels. I don't know about putting roosters in to keep them warm. The boxes they are mailed in hold either 25 or 100 chicks. The 100 box is divided into 4 spaces. So if you buy 50, two spaces would have chicks, others are empty.
I definately don't think they would give roosters away. Where we buy chicks roosters are still about a $1 apiece. Pullets were $1.80 each.
We get ours from Hoover Hatchery in Iowa. They don't hatch most breeds during the winter, just afew of the laying types.
Oh, they definitely give rooster chicks away, Bernie...which is good if you are ordering layers and want to eat the roos...but most people don't want them.
If you order roos, they are almost always cheaper than pullets. If they are meat lines, both are desirable. But they always have extra roos from the laying lines. So they use them to keep the other chicks in smaller orders warm. They even warn you they will.
She is exactly right Bernie, they give away Roos big time. Some of the hatcheries will give ten roo's free with a fifteen pullet order in order to keep the pullets warm in cold weather shipping. It's a fact, often they have way to many roos and just want to get rid of them. Hay.
my pet chicken sells in smaller quanities.. they are not as expensive as the others when you small order..
I have ordered from them two years and was very happy with my order.
straight run is all sexes.. and no they are not marked.. in fact when you order different breeds they are not marked either.. lol you have to figure out whos who.
The extra free roos.. Hay is right as always.. the hatcheries are overloaded with roos, they sell a LOT of pullets and I believe the last report I read roos were 65% of chicks born.. wither they give them away for warmth and allow you to dispose of them in whatever way you see fot, or they have to dispose of them. It looks better to say "FREE".. it feels better too when you see all those cute little chicks.. until they grow up and start crowing.. and you suddenly realize.. what am I gonna do with all these roos?
Ok dumb question here, are the Roos you talk about older then the babies? I guess I dont understand for warmth, or is it you order 15 chicks they give you 15 chicks and a few extra they know are roos for warmth?
The latter. Apparently 25 chicks are able to generate enough warmth in shipping to survive...so if you don't want that many, some hatcheries will sell you fewer, say 15, and then make up the difference with 10 free chicks that they know are roos.
They always end up killling large numbers of excess roo chicks anyway--so this is a good solution for everyone...except the poor tender-hearted customer who can't send them to freezer camp has to re-home a dozen unwanted roos.
We usually buy straight-run and end up with about half-and-half. The cockerels go in the freezer when they're big enough. I tried buying only pullet Cuckoo Marans from Murray MacMurray, but they only came straight-run. Since we'd lost most of our previous year's chicks to aggressive older hens, I wanted some extra pullets, so I also ordered a smaller order of Cherry Eggers from Cackle Hatchery. The fewest I could buy was fifteen.
Whichever place you're thinking of ordering from, check out Garden Watchdog first. That's always a help. Still, I saw lots of negative comments about Murray MacMurray and we've always had a really good experience with them.
Murray McMurray had a bad run a couple years ago when some of the chicks that they were sending out had AE and they didn't own up to it. A lot of people felt seriously burned. MM kept blaming the customer for the chick deaths, until enough people had sent their dead chicks to universities (at their own expense) for necropsies and received definitive diagnoses. By then their other chicks had been infected.
So, anyway, up to that point MM had a very good reputation. And the disease itself wasn't their fault (it is egg transmitted and the chicks don't show symptoms for a couple weeks). I think it came from some breeder they had contracted for those particular eggs. They just did not take responsibility when they should have.
I think since then they had been as good as any of the big hatcheries.
I had problems with goslings and coccidiosis from Murray McMurray a few years ago, and they refused to take any responsibility for it. Granted the goslings were a few weeks old by the time they started showing symptoms, but we had raised goslings, and lots of chickens, for years without problems. We pulled most of the goslings through with Amprolium, but it was touch and go for awhile there. MM've been fine since then.
Well there is one in Great Britain, Italy (the original, I believe), New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas...but the one I inhabit is in California--the one of 70's music fame.
There was also a "Battle of Lodi": "The Battle of Lodi was fought on May 10, 1796 between French forces under General Napoleon Bonaparte and an Austrian rear guard led by Karl Sebottendorf at Lodi, Italy."