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Do hatched chicks grow faster than...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BeardedChick, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Do home hatched chicks grow faster than shipped chicks?

    I have my one little hatchling and it seems like she has grown SOOOO much faster than my shipped chicks did last year. It makes sense to me that they might do that much better...

    What is your experience?
  2. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    I do not know I have only hatched eggs at home but I did bring my first eggs home with me all the way from Mississippi if that counts.
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I can't say that I have noticed a difference. [​IMG]
  4. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:Could very well be the quality of the parents is better from the ones you hatched than the ones you ordered?

    Not sure. [​IMG]
  5. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    Ahhhhhhh Scary KFC man [​IMG]
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    If your home grown chicks are the offspring of the chicks that were shipped last year, it could be more of a reflection of the health of the parents than the conditions they're being raised in. Who knows how hatchery parent stock live..... (not well, if chickens live in similar conditions as the turkey breeding stock I saw in an episode of "How It Works")
  7. donnaIL

    donnaIL Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    I bought chicks last spring at Rural King. In October I ordered chicks from Ideal...I think they grew / feathered out alot faster, maybe it was because of winter???? Also it seems like they eat alot more too. They are different breeds, but all standard size chickens.
  8. Maybe she's growing faster that my other pullets did because, um, it's not a she. [​IMG]

  9. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    I think my hatched grow faster. My dh says he has noticed the same thing. Maybe it is just us?
  10. rizq

    rizq Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    The chicks I hatched grew much faster and were fully feathered by about 3-4 weeks. The chicks that we got from the hatchery took almost 3 months to fully feather (the backs on some of the chicks stay fuzzy, they were mostly feathered much earlier). BUT, they are much different breeds. The slow, hatchery chicks were light Brahma and the faster, home-hatched chicks were SS Hamburgs, breeds with significantly different maturity rates and sizes. My home-hatched Serama chicks took longer than the Hamburgs to feather. In my case it likely has more to do with the breed, but thought I would throw it out there anyway [​IMG]

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