Deciding on how many babies to raise

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AmyThomson, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. AmyThomson

    AmyThomson New Egg

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    Currently, I have a flock of three 2-year old chicks and want to add a couple more chickens to the flock. But I'm worried about raising only two chicks. If one dies, or turns out to be a rooster then the other will be all alone. Any thoughts or suggestions? Many Thanks!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Started pullets are usually pretty easy to place. I would be inclined to raise how ever many you comfortably can, keep the two or three you liked best and sell/ give away the rest when you are sure of their gender if getting a breed that is straight run or not sex linked, or old enough where you probably won't lose one. Is there a minimum number you have to get, where you would get the chicks?
     
  3. AmyThomson

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    Thanks Kelsie! I'd be getting them at the local feed store. There's no minimum. It's just the worry that I might not be able to find good homes for the extras here in Seattle!
     
  4. AmyThomson

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    I went with four chicks. I have a friend with a farm who will take the extra chicks. They're doing really well so far!
     

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