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Chick survival rate?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kait27, May 12, 2009.

  1. Kait27

    Kait27 Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central Massachusetts
    I have a question- I'm going to be getting four buff orp chicks soon, from a local farmer's co-op. I've done all my research, and understand heat lamps, chick starter, water, grit, etc.
    What can I expect the survival rate to be? I'm not sure if they hatch at the co-op or if they are ordered and shipped in, but there shouldn't be much additional travel stress once I get them. Having such a small group, is it safe to expect that if I receive four healthy chicks, all four will grow to adulthood, barring any unforeseen illness or incident? Or should I anticipate I might lose one? I considered ordering extra, but my "underground" space is limited and I don't have the room if they had all survived. Thanks!

  2. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    I ordered extra in case of loss but they are all still going stong after 2 weeks:fl
  3. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    the first couple of batches of chicks i bought, i had at least 1 or 2 die..but i bought 9 chicks a couple of months ago and they are all still doing great!
  4. Isaacman

    Isaacman In the Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    i brought 6 about 2 weeks ago and they are still kicking, depends if you treat them good or not, i clean their booder 2 times a day and clean their water cuase they poo in it every chance i get
  5. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    I ordered 26 from Ideal, 1 died the 1st day, and the rest are still doing great now at 3weeks old. The one that died on me, didn't move around as well as the others, just stood off by itself and so you can tell it wasn't going to make it. Soo if you have a choice in picking them look for chicks that are moving good, and eating/drinking well!
  6. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Murphy's law applies here. If you order extras they will all survive. If you don't you may loose one. If you can't expand your space i wouldn't recommend getting extra. If you do i would have a backup plan to rehome extras that you can't keep. Good Luck and welcome to chickens and BYC

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