I'm not living in PA (we started our marriage there,though) Just popping into your thread because someone who was recently transplanted into PA was asking today just when is the best time to hatch out new chicks. He is from the south where they want them big and strong for the hot summer months (opposite from us in MN) So, Pennsylvanians, if you'd like to give him your 2 cents, his thread is:
and this is what he/she wrote:
I am completely out of my element up here and need some guidance.
I have been in Oklahoma and the method there is to breed early in the winter to get them grown before the ridiculous heat waves that halt growth. Up here, the winter wasn't as harsh as it could have been, but I was constantly worried that the electricity would fail and I would wind up with about a hundred dead chicks downstairs.
What do you do?
Do you start hatching early in the fall (now?) and get them past the need to have heat supplied before the extreme winter hits? Or do you hatch in the spring (mid-April) through summer?
If you have a larger breed, that is more what I am after. The bantams seem to thrive no matter what I do to them.
Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate any advice or insight you can give with these issues. I would like to get a really good start on my next year's hatch and think I may need to go ahead and start hatching. Some will have to wait as my splash male is not nearly old enough to breed.
Thanks for caring