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post #11 of 12
There is that small market for the poor boys for the people that can accommodate them. Even experienced chicken people cant always deal with that many gents who will inevitably start crowing far sooner than their date of expiration. My last boys stated crowing at 5 weeks of age, much to my dismay, and never stopped. Some hatcheries have started using extra boys as 'heating packs' as well, tucking in a couple with each order to help maintain adequate temps ave prevent early shipping death.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ol Grey Mare View Post

Many of the commercial hatcheries offer "started" birds - these can range from the "coop ready" age of 6+ weeks to "point of lay" birds at 16+ weeks of age.  Alternatively, many folks sell these same started birds locally after ordering the day-olds from hatcheries and starting them then selling off the "extras" to pay for their entire order - the advantage of this option is that the expense of shipping the more mature birds is significantly higher when ordering from the hatchery so sourcing them locally at that age/stage is better.

Shipping is usually crazy for adult birds. I'd rather raise them myself!
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