Chicks being shipped from hatchery....question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cetawin, May 6, 2008.

  1. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    What are your opinions on shipments of chicks coming in late July? Is it too hot for them at that time of year?

    I am still debating whether I am ordering from McMurray or MPC...but I am in Oregon so it will be a long trip for them either way. MMH is closer of course which is why I am leaning towards ordering from them and they have my partridge cochin pullets...but MPC has the Blue Cochin pullets that I want. [​IMG]

    Thoughts? Opinions? Experiences?
     
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  2. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, since the little chickies need about 95F for the first week of their lives, being shipped in "hot" weather might not be as bad as being shipped in freezing weather. Many wait till later to ship birds for this reason, because they do have to sit in boxes overnight when it can be cold.
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Thanks for that link.... [​IMG] but their selection of breeds is not what I am looking for aside from the heavys.


    Silkiechicken...that is what I was thinking.
     
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  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    You do know they won't lay until next spring, right? July is too late in the year, unless you augment their daylight in the winter.
     
  6. Cetawin

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    Yes I do know that....I have 6 now that are 7 weeks old. They will be getting light supplementing (25 - 40 watt bulb) in the coop until around 11 pm each night...then they will have their red heat lamp bulb [​IMG]

    I want to keep their coop around 50 - 60 degrees inside during the winter.
     
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  7. dangerouschicken

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    Sounds cozy [​IMG] I live up near Hood River and I never heat the coop or augment light. They all do fine right thru the snowy winter days and everything, but most stop laying. The Buff Orpingtons keep going, though! good chooks [​IMG]
     

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