Chicks you hatched and chicks from the store?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cutechick53, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. cutechick53

    cutechick53 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am planning to hatch some of my own chicks, but my incubator only hatches 3 eggs. I want a number of 5 chickens, but is it ok if I mix the chicks from the store and the ones that I hatch? I don't know if the store chicks have any diseases that could transfer to the home- hatched chicks?
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    It will be fine to mix the chicks. There are some things to think about though.

    Have you incubated before? Things don't always go as planned. All 3 may not hatch. If they do some may be cockerels. Do you have a plan for the males? You may need more than just 2 hatchery chicks to reach your total of 5.
     
  3. Kadu

    Kadu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I think even home-hatched ones can get diseases... I would mix them and give them medicated feed. Just to be on the safe side =D
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I would mix them, and make your well informed decision about whether you plan to use medicated feed. Chicks from a hatchery are not much more likely to get coccidiosis than home hatched chicks. My flock was started with chicks hatched in my home made incubator, and I added 6 hatchery chicks to the 5 that I hatched. I have never used medicated feed, instead, opting to give them fresh sod from my yard to help them develop a healthy immune system. Have never had coccidiosis in any of the flocks I've had.
     
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  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    what kind of incubator do you have? a chick-a-bator or a digital one? Have you successfully hatched with your incubator before this?
    thanks, karen
     
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  6. cutechick53

    cutechick53 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A digital Brinsea Incubator, and I've never used it before, so I think I'm gonna hatch the chicks first then buy more chicks. @3riverschick
     

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