Andrew Mayflower wrote:However, the two younger kids were "helping" when my wife was getting the order together, and so we somehow wound up accidentally ordering 3 Black Copper Marans too.
James Freyr wrote:Hi Andrew-
If you didn't have the option to order sexed chicks, there's really no telling how many roos you'll end up with. You'll know when they start getting 5-6 months old. In my experience and talking with my friends who raise chickens, the extras hatcheries tend to give away are males, as most everyone ordering chicks is in it for the eggs and wants females so hatcheries tend to have a surplus of males.
My wife and I ended up with 6 or 7 roosters out of 15 birds total, and we culled all the roosters, processed them, and make a jumbo batch of chicken stock.
elle sagenev wrote:I had a mixed flock for years. I'm not doing it now because I want uniformity when we cull.
Buy that many birds and you'll get half in roosters. It's the law of chickens. Hope you're ready to slaughter.