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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ridgefire, May 2, 2008.

  1. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chicken farms brood their chicks.

    I'm talking about the large egg farms, where they have thousands of chickens.

    Do they buy birds just as they are just coming into egg laying or do they somehow brood hundreds of birds at a time? Just trying to figure out how they do it. I mean if they cram 5-9 birds in a cage how well do they care for day olds.
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Here is a video showing the incubation process at a hatchery.

    Hatchery incubation

    They have their own breeding stock and they get fertile eggs from other farmers too.

    It is much larger than you think.
     
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  3. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know and I don't think I really want to know... enjoying mine so much, I'd hate to think of the ones that don't have such a wonderful life and I sure am thinking mine are wonderful...
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    It is not that bad snowydiamonds...I feel for the chicks because of everything that goes on in the first day of life and the rough handling but it is not brutal or gross....you can watch and feel a pang of sorrow that we cannot have them all.
     
  5. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've seen hatcheries. I'm talking about egg farms, that sell eggs to grocery stores. When they replenish their stock do they buy young birds or do they somehow brood hundreds of chicks.
     
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Both I think. I would assume they would buy chicks in huge lots, raise their own or both. Good question.
     

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