Day old chicks... Is it possible to see quality at that young of age?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hennypen, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Hennypen

    Hennypen Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Just curious if people who sell day old chicks if they were able to cherry pick at that young of an age. [​IMG] Either keep the good ones for themselves or sell the good ones. Or if they're too young to tell how they'll end up.
  2. lildinkem

    lildinkem Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Have no fears, it is highly unlikely anyone can tell a day old TOP SQ Chicken over the average Production birds. I have a friend who bought 10 Buff Orps from a prominant Buff Orp breeder, only to have him change his mind and only sell 8 Buffs. My buddy winded up giving me his Buff flock. A year later I approached that breeder interested in a cockerel, and I could tell there was sellers remorse. You can not tell who is the pick of the litter even in dogs at a day old.
    Good luck
  3. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    But you can tell some of the culls at hatching like ones with stubs, wrong comb, and some other traits if you know what you are doing.
  4. standardbanty

    standardbanty Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Quote:I agree 110%. You can cull early for defects...
  5. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    For silkies you can tell the difference between foot feathering, toe spacing, and combs (single vs. walnut) Before I joined 4-H I could have cared less about comb type. Now when the chick hatches, I check immediately for the type of comb. If it has a single, it finds a new home as a pet. [​IMG]
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I do Rocks and Delawares. Rocks you get to wait forever, especially in partridge - since I can't judge pencilling until they're out of juvenille feather. And rocks will develop comb faults later, rather than show them early.

    Delawares is a little easier - comb faults show early, as do poor leg color. I can weed out sprigs and green legged birds early on, and know which ones to watch for poor color because they'll often start out in juvenille feather all white and never get very good.

    Though side by side with my hatchery PRs, Halo's Blue and Black Rocks - made mine look like pikers... sigh. One step at a time. Halo's birds are drop dead gorgeous at birth.

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