Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by livhatcher, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. livhatcher

    livhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2017
    Hi y'all! I'm taking the plunge into chicken parenting after several years of hoping to do so. My child's school has an agriculture program & they are hatching my eggs. I've ordered 30 of the top hat assortment of eggs from McMurray. I have no idea what to expect!! Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated since it seems hard to find good info on McMurray hatch rates. I know that ordering chicks would be a better bet, but the eggs are what the school program requires and providing them is a way to support the school. [​IMG]
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016

    The learning center on here has tons of info on raising chicks ect.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! How exciting for you to be getting your chicken adventures started :clap
    What a wonderful way to support the school, I'm sure the children will find the whole hatching experience fascinating. It sure is great to see the chicks emerge from the egg.
    Your top hat assortment sounds very interesting and I'm sure they will be crested breeds. I love the crested breeds, especially polish. Maybe you will get some of those in your chicks?

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and please do pop by the learning Center ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Lots of great articles there that are very helpful but please do ask all the questions you need to.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, livhatcher, and :welcome! Great to have you with us. All I know about hatching is that hatch rates are lower when getting eggs through the mail as you can never account for how much the eggs were jostled or temps in the truck during transport. But some will hatch. The other concern is for down the road...what is the plan for the chicks, particularly the males? Really awesome that you are supporting the school. Best wishes and good luck to you! :jumpy
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  5. livhatcher

    livhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2017

    Thank you for the warm welcome! They list many colors of Polish, Houdans, Sultans & Crevecoeurs as possibles in the mix. So exciting!
  6. livhatcher

    livhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2017

    I'm planning on only keeping hens & feel very lucky that a chicken friend a few towns over has offered to take the males off of my hands. She knows several people who might be interested in a crested male for their flocks. Trying to be optimistic & responsible!! Thanks for the great tips!
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Good luck with your hatch...those should be some really cute chicks!
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under livhatcher [​IMG] Welcome!

    Good luck with the hatch and your plunge [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG][​IMG]. Hope you will update once the chicks hatch.
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  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Good luck with your hatch and I look forward to seeing pictures. :)
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