Chicks dieing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Summerfaith2, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Summerfaith2

    Summerfaith2 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2015
    Hi i have not recived my chicks yet but i have heard that most likely 1/3 of them will die in the beginning so i ordered 30 have any of you who have done this many times wigh chicks agree that this estamate is correct. I ordered mine from my pet chicken in ohio and im in ny
  2. jk47

    jk47 Songster

    Apr 17, 2013
    Out of the 52 chicks I raise at a time and I have only lost 2
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  3. kmartinez

    kmartinez Chirping

    Jan 9, 2015
    I think it is who u order from as well. I did alot of research on hatcherys reading their reviews and weeded out hatcherys with large amount of bad reviews on DOA or chicks dying with 24 hours of arrival. i ordered 16 but got 18 i lost one to my own fault.
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  4. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    If that many are dying, something went VERY wrong in shipping. Very, very wrong.
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This. My mortality rate with hatchery chicks over the years has been under 5%, averaged out. Mostly dual purpose and Cornish cross chicks, but some bantams also.

    Don't order when it's very cold or very hot. Extreme temps either way will kill chicks quickly. April-June is the best time for me.

    Sometimes you possibly could simply get unthrifty chicks that would not have lived no matter what. In that case, or if you lose that many to shipping stress, the hatchery should replace the dead chicks. Communicate with your hatchery, most have great customer service and will be glad to work with you.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2015
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  6. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    I'd been told the same thing, but that has not been my experience. Over the past 4 years, I've placed 4 orders for approx 30 chicks (total) and all arrived safely and grew to be healthy adults.

    A lot depends on the hatchery and when they're shipped. I always order between April and June to reduce the likelihood of shipping mortality. I've had good success with both Ideal and Meyer Hatchery.
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