Eggs or chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tutuhappy, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. tutuhappy

    tutuhappy New Egg

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    Hi everyone. I'm planning on getting chickens (Araucanas) and I was wondering if anyone had a preferance between day-old chicks and hatching eggs.



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  2. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    i think that hatcing eggs is funner, because of the experiance, but it is hard to do. and takes a while. chicks are faster, but u dont get to experiance the hatch.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    As a first time chicken owner (well they aren't actually my very first, but that's a long story [​IMG] ) I think chicks are better. Get some experience with dealing with chicks under your belt and then give hatching a try. It is harder to hatch, but that's just MHO.
     
  4. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally I'd get chicks first.
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    If you are getting hatchery birds then they are most likely Easter Eggers, not true Aruacana. If you are getting them from a local breeder then I would get the chicks. I have had a couple of true araucana batches and got no tufted AND rumpless birds. I think they are more difficult than the other breeds I have hatched. On the other hand I LOVE to incubate and if you don't mind only getting a few to hatch then I say INCUBATE [​IMG] . It's also how much work you want to put into it, i.e. turning eggs, temp watching, waiting at a little window for 3 weeks for a pip or a peep [​IMG] . If you have no experience at all and can only get eggs shipped to you I say get chicks, incubating is a lot of work and can be very discouraging at times, especially with shipped eggs. Confused yet? [​IMG]

    Krista
     
  6. tutuhappy

    tutuhappy New Egg

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    You guys are so helpful![​IMG] Thanks! There is a feed store that sells chickens and ducks and roosters and chicks, but I don't think they sell Easter eggers.


    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2008

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