Chick Mortality Rates

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Azure Acres, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Azure Acres

    Azure Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious to see what "average" chick mortality rate is. I have 12 hatching eggs due Friday and another 15 due 2 weeks later. I think 3 of the last 15 are double yolkers. Assuming a 50% hatch rate, we should have around 14 chicks. Now I'm trying to figure out what average loss of hatch chicks seems to be. I'd prefer to have 0 losses, but I realize it isn't always sunshine and rainbows, so want to prepare myself. Any insight?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    There is an excellent post, HERE, in the sticky for this forum on the causes of early chick mortality. It won't give you a percent, I don't think, but it certainly has some excellent pointers for avoiding problems.

    Every hatch is different, of course, but other than the double yolkers, you might find you have a 100% hatch rate, and 0 early mortality! (You probably know that it's unusual for both chicks to survive when the egg is a double yolker.)

    Good luck!
     

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