The hatching season is winding down, I "only" have 47 chicks from yesterday's hatch. I'm only hatching "high value" breeds now (Welsummers, Welbars, CCL's). I really should stop now, but the CCL's are doing so well, high fertility, high hatch rate, high rate of pullets. My plan now is to hatch and free range a bunch of pullet chicks, how late can I hatch and expect the chicks to have a reasonable chance of surviving when free ranging around a farm?
Do you think it's unethical to hatch chicks that might not have a very good survival rate? Part of me says this way they have a chance of growing up in a great environment and even if the chance is not real high, the best and brightest can still make it.
I wish I knew how bad this winter will be . . .