How Common is it Lose a Chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hokankai, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for all of the newb questions, just trying to be as prepared as I can for Friday! Anyway, we want to end up with 6-8 laying hens, should we just get 8 chicks? Or is it pretty common to lose one and should we go ahead and get nine?
     
  2. corancher

    corancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is pretty common to lose a few. I would get 10. You said you are new so it will give you a learning curve. Good luck with the chicks.
     
  3. buckabucka

    buckabucka Overrun With Chickens

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    We ordered 26, and received 27, but one was DOA.
    After that, we lost 3 others, so we're down to 23. One has a severe cross-beak, one turned out to be a rooster, etc., so definitely plan on losses.
    Good luck and have fun!
     

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