Sorry to hear about that @Duck Drover
have you try to contact the person you got them from again? Maybe they can provide another set.. or a better set of eggs?
<-- Haven't try incubating since i'm not sure what to do with all the male - guess I can keep naming them stew 126.96.36.199.... or drumstick 188.8.131.52...
For those that hatches chicks.. do you try to sex the chicks right away (like the hatchery does)? If you do not, does that means you raise the chicks up until they are old enough to tell if male or female?
Once a chick is determines to be a male... give away, sale, or feed it up to 8 months then stew it?
I did not contact the person to tell her how the hatch went. She does not seem to know enough about hatching eggs that she has probably given up on scamming more people for fertile eggs that are not worth hatching. I think most people are like me in that if they have something worth hatching they hatch the eggs themselves.
I will probably raise these two with my Silkie chicks that they are with now since I have two splash I want to keep and a third blue I will keep with them since it is the same age. We will keep getting a staggered hatch with our Silkie hens hatching out the Silkie eggs in the coop and I only sell chicks in groups of four or more. I prefer to raise the Silkies anyway because they are so hard to sex and that way I can keep pullets and sell off the roosters as they show themselves. It is easy to sell Silkie pullets because they are in high demand. Everytime I list chicks people ask me for pullets.
I have thought about doing DNA testing on my Silkie chicks because they are hard to tell what they are until they crow or lay an egg. With all my chicks I hatch I either sell them as a straight run when they are hatchlings or I raise them until they are old enough to sex. With rooster bans in so many areas and people not wanting to set up a brooder for chicks, there seems to be more demand for pullets than straight run chicks. People come out for chicks and then expect me to be able to sell them only pullet chicks but I can't vent sex chickens, only ducks. I charge more for pullets while roosters stay at the chick price so they get a better deal on pullets if they raise them themselves but I don't mind getting them off to a good start. You would not believe how many people lose birds to predators and have to replace them all.
I would eat our roosters but my daughter won't eat anything she helps raise. I used to raise all my own meat but that was when I had 40 acres and could be more self-sufficient. I will probably return to living off the land one day in order to get away from urban living. I miss my former rural lifestyle.
Edited by Duck Drover - 5/9/16 at 11:31pm