Expanding flocks- timing vs seasons

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nccatnip, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay guys, you gotta chirp in here and give me your opinions, knowledge and experiences. I am planning to expand my flocks to raise eggs and chicks for sell on a small scale. What is the best time to start hatching/buying day old chicks? I have some eggs in the bator and looking at purchasing some day olds but am now concerned about prep for the winter. The guy I got my original flock from says his season runs from Nov to May so I figured that is a good time to start. Now I am hearing from two different hatcheries one of the bantam breeds I want to expand on is going out of season. That's okay as my big birds (BO's and thinking of adding GLW) are my primary focus at this point.
    I would like to be starting in egg production in late spring but am now worried I will have trouble locating the birds I want and that wintering small chicks might be a problem.
    Am I overthinking this???? Any Advice appreciated.
     
  2. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    I don't think your overthinking it, and wish I could offer more experienced advice but, that will have to wait till next year from me.
    In the mean time, I think you might have to consider houseing them in your house a bit longer to let them build up some fat before they went out in the cold, and then youl'd need to have a transition period for them to adjust from your warm house to the cold outdoors.

    But like I said, i'm just a noob tossing out ideas.
    I'm also willing to bet that someone comes along and says,"just toss em out there, thay'll be fine". [​IMG]

    Gl [​IMG]
     
  3. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since my post, my neighbor that raises game birds came by. I talked to him about it and he came up with an excellent solution. I have a concrete block workshop that can be easily turned into a nursery. Sometimes we just can not see the forest for the trees. So problem solved? NO, I just received an email from the hatchery that there will be no more BO's this season. I am hoping and praying that is not going to be the case with all of them.
     
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