Hatchery Question... Left-over day old chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Aun <HIS><, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Aun <HIS><

    Aun <HIS>< Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Since the hatcheries ship only one day old chicks, what happens to the leftover two day old chicks? And the males?

    Not that I probably want to know. In fact, I'm sure I definitely do not want to know. But please tell me.
  2. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Call and ask them...
    Some sell out of the plant as well as shipping them and family and friends of staff can buy them...
    I do not want to think about the unwanted roosters.......
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Well, you would have to ask each individual hatchery. They all do not follow the same practices.

    Many leftover chicks, they try to sell in specials, usually fryer specials. Some hatcheries only sell straightrun, thus eliminating the excess males. Many times the hatchery is left to dispose of the chicks, in which they have several methods of killing and ridding themselves of the extra.

    It depends on the hatchery, so if you have a particular hatchery in mind, it's best to ask them.

  4. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Songster

    May 23, 2008
    i know that meyer has a sort of incubator orphan program, where they do a sweep of the incubators and you get whatever you get. i haven't seen the same type of program for other hatcheries, though. i'll bet some of them get packed off to feed stores for straight run assortments.

    you don't really want to know what happens to rooster chicks after the sexing process, though, you really don't. i'll just say "chicken meal" and leave it at that. i think more people should order fryer specials rather than broilers, just to give the little fellers some time to grow up and be chickens. [​IMG]
  5. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I know some send them off to local feed stores to sale. Some even sale them in a store front at the hatchery. Then I am sure there are others I really don't want to think about.
  6. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    S.W Pa.
    I know from experience that a lot of the
    "extras", or roos , go into the reptile industry for snake and lizard food.

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