Chick Mortality Rates

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

  1. Azure Acres

    Azure Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2014
    NW Missouri
    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

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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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