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Having to Give Away Part of Your Flock

post #1 of 12
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Hey everyone,

 

So, I have ordered 6 birds to add to my flock that will be here March 30th. 6 is a really small order of birds, and in order to keep my future chickens safe they are putting 10-15 males in the box to keep my babies warm. I have been advised to keep the males for a couple of weeks, and then I have a feed store that I am donating them to. Has anyone had any experience with having to give up their babies? Is it hard to say goodbye? I know that they will be safe, I just want reassurance that I am emotionally capable of handing off something I've raised for two weeks.

 

If anyone has any personal experience they'd like to share it'd be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 12

last year when i got some ducks from Ideal they sent male chicks to keep them warm i had them sold within a day after getting them and just kept the ducks that i ordered....did the hatchery tell you why you need to keep them for 2 weeks?

My Flock:

30+ Banties(serama, duccle, silike, and crosses), 6 LF chicks(BO, RIR, PR, EE, BA), 14 leghorn chicks, 2 leghorn hens, and soon ducklings

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My Flock:

30+ Banties(serama, duccle, silike, and crosses), 6 LF chicks(BO, RIR, PR, EE, BA), 14 leghorn chicks, 2 leghorn hens, and soon ducklings

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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

The feed store that is taking the baby chicks recommended that I keep them for a week or two in order to help my new flock stay naturally warm, but I'm not sure if the feed store can take them when they're a day or two old either which might be another reason for them telling me to wait.

post #4 of 12

Doesn't the feed store sell chicks? Why not save the hassle and purchase 6 pullets from the feed store in March. You can order pullets only. They don't have to send that many males. How about ordering with the feed store? They'll have their own order and you can tack on the special birds you want. It makes no sense to me to have cockerels come if you don't want them or can't raise to butcher. The feed store will have a hard time getting rid of them too.

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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post #5 of 12

If you're that concerned about getting attached, don't keep them. there's no need to keep a bunch of chicks for 2 weeks, and they're going to take a lot of brooder space. Your 6 chicks will be fine in a tote or such, but 20+ birds are going to need some more creative housing. Get everyone home and then take the males to the feed store that very same day, or as soon as you can. 

 

alternatively, talk to the hatchery about using a heat pack, etc for shipping instead of packing peanuts. They'll tack on a shipping charge, but sometime it's worth it not to deal with those extra cockerels. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #6 of 12

Here's my 2cents.

You may want to check a different hatchery all together?

Meyer hatchery's minimum order of chicks falls to "3" in April. It may be a little later in the year, but it's always an option. Depending on what type of "breed" you are looking for that may be an option. I order just 7 last summer and have been happy with them. Even though they shipped on July when it was really warm, they still had a heat pad in the box with them.

post #7 of 12
you can donate to local 4 H clubs. I had to do that in the past with my roos.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

The chickens that I ordered are 4 different types, and my local feed store doesn't sell ducks. I've already placed the order as well, and the hatchery is Ideal which is only 3 hours from where I live, and the local feed store that I'm giving the males to said, and I quote, "We always run out of males extremely quickly due to the number of farms in the area and more and more people wanting chickens. They will go quickly here."

 

 

The hatchery said that its more likely that my birds could die if I use a heat pack instead of other males, but if they'd truly be okay I'd be more than happy to use heating packs instead. Then I wouldn't have to give away all those males that I will probably get attached to.

 

 

Meyer's hatchery didn't have all of the birds that I was interested in ): I did look at them; although, Ideal is closer to me. Plus I've already placed the order, I just may call them and say "No, I don't want males with my order, I'd prefer the heating packs." I don't want to open the box and see dead babies though, so I'm trying to do what's best for the chickens, then what's best for me - even if that may seem silly.

 

 

4H clubs wouldn't be a bad idea! There are some around here too. :)

post #9 of 12

if your feed store sells chicks why wont the take the chicks the day or day after you get them? that makes no sense that they want you to keep them 2 weeks since they get tons of day old chicks themselves to sell...so they should be ok with taking day olds from you. i know their saying that the extras with help keeping your babies warm and such but if you have a good heat lamp it wont matter whether you keep the extras or not.

 

 

and for heat pads i got 4 ducklings last year form Metzer Farms and they put a heat in with them and it worked well with them and since your so close to Ideal i don't think it'd be to much of a problem.

 

I'm getting chicks from Ideal as well but i'm getting enough they may not add and extras...excited for my nuggets and i know you probably are too

My Flock:

30+ Banties(serama, duccle, silike, and crosses), 6 LF chicks(BO, RIR, PR, EE, BA), 14 leghorn chicks, 2 leghorn hens, and soon ducklings

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My Flock:

30+ Banties(serama, duccle, silike, and crosses), 6 LF chicks(BO, RIR, PR, EE, BA), 14 leghorn chicks, 2 leghorn hens, and soon ducklings

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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I'm not too sure why the feed store told me to hold on to the males. It's just going to be harder for me to get rid of them the longer I wait, because I'm an extremely emotional and young girl.  The heat pads will probably work fine too, so I guess I just need to make a decision.

 

I am beyond excited. I love my chickens more than anything and having more is just more love to share. :D 60 more days until they're here... haha

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