Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
If I were you, I'd find what I wanted at a hatchery and make an order, that way you can ask for all pullets and they are 90% right, at least. Out of 75 pullets ordered, and mind you they had to ship me another 35 because of shipping losses, so 110 chicks, I only got 2 roos, one I kept and one disappeared. My experience through the local feed stores here has been pretty much to buy straight run because that's what you're going to get anyhow.
I'll preface this by saying this is my first time buying, and I may eat these words later this spring, but I really trust my local store and have many friends who have had a good experience with them. I like that I can pick them up there and not have to worry about all the stress of getting the through our post office. Of course, I know that the birds don't just fall from a happy place in the sky into the store, but at least I'll know the birds have already survived part of the journey.
I do need to see if I can figure out what hatchery(ies) their birds come from. Been reading some are better than others.
Anyway, I did download the chick order form- it's an Excel file so hard to post here. But, this
is the website, and the form is in the top right under "news." They have a lot of options, but I'm leaning towards a couple golden comets and a couple of silver laced wyandottes. And, maybe one more barred rock to replace dear Irma.
Now, stupid question- what is the difference between pullet and straight?