Going to the feed store with my daughter to see the chicks in the spring is a favorite past time with her. Occasionally, we see a new breeds we're interested in taking home with us. The signage often contains vital information about the chicks that help us decide which to take home. To us these details hold familiarity, but for some people these terms can be confusing and bear some explaining. [caption id="attachment_4240" align="aligncenter" width="272"] 8 Week Old Buff Brahma Cockerel. He was purchased as a Straight Run chick.[/caption] Here are the terms you'll see when looking for your chicks and what they mean:
- Pullets: Young females sexed by the hatchery, can be 1 day old to under 1 year to use this term.
- Mixed Pullets: Females of different breeds, including hybrids sexed by the hatchery
- Straight Run: Unsexed chicks including a mix of males and females. These were never sexed by a professional.
- Cockerels: Young males sexed by the hatchery. Ages from 1 day old to under 1 year use this term.