Baby Chicks versus Juvenilles to start flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fancynancycoop, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. fancynancycoop

    fancynancycoop Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a newbie in this backyard chicken raising stuff. Would you recommend starting with chicks or seeing if I can find some juvenilles for I'm desiring to do chickens for egg laying?

    Any advice would be great. I'm converting a 8 by 12 lofted barn shed into coop
     
  2. MEchickens

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    I was surprised by how easy raising my first flock of chicks was once I did my homework and was well prepared. I have also had four week old chicks shipped from mcmurray hatchery. It was expensive though!! It is a lot of waiting for eggs when you get chicks, but you also get a much higher level of trust in return. Best of luck! It's a lot of fun!
     
  3. fancynancycoop

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    Thank you for the insight. I do like the low cost of chicks but not the wait of 6 months or so to get eggs. I don't lnow. Will have to research and think more.
     
  4. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC, do you have a coop already or a place where to keep them? They grow fast and can't keep them in the house all the time. Check the forum here from your state, somebody may have some young pullets for sale. There is a lot of informatin about raising chickens and advice from other members. If you don't have a coop yet, check your local Craig's Lists, somebody may be getting out of the chicken business and you may get a bargain in a coop or some chickens.Good luck
     
  5. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im new to this stuff as well and haven't received my chicks yet. Though my reasoning for going with chicks was it's cheaper for more. I know a few people already waiting for eggs from me. If I bought older ones then I'd only be able to afford half as many. Or even less. Short wait for eggs but not enough eggs to go around.
     
  6. MEchickens

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    I think another important point to consider is that with day old chicks you have better ability to control any diseases brought into the flock and your grounds like Mareks.
     
  7. fancynancycoop

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    Can you laborate a little more on controlling for disease by starting with chicks
     
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  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    You could also consider starting with a few pullets so that you have egg production from the start and adding a roo for fertile eggs or buying some fertile eggs to hatch and continue your flock that way.
     
  10. fancynancycoop

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    Thanks I was comsidering that also. Not gonna do a roo though. Only laying hens for egg production now.
     

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