No, our chicks are available as straight run only. There are two reasons for this. First, our hatching operation is relatively small compared to many other hatcheries, so currently we do not employ or hire a sexor who would be able to vent sex our other breeds.
Second, we’ve chosen to be a no-kill facility. By that, I mean that we don’t arbitrarily kill half of our birds at hatch time just because they’re males. Instead we want all of our birds, both males and females to grow out to their full genetic potential. Female chicks will grow to become egg producers or will become part of our breeding flocks. As they grow old enough to no longer be productive as layers, they will become table birds. Males will fulfill their potential by either becoming part of our breeding flocks or by being grown out for table use. Because we want all of our birds to fill out their genetic potential, we’ve decided to mainly focus on dual-purpose breeds (breeds that are both good meat producers and good egg producers). Such breeds are well-suited for use on family farms and homesteads and are the types of birds that traditionally produced most of the meat and eggs in the U.S. prior to the 1950s.