How many chicks do I order?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by davidr, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to order my chicks from Ideal. From thier assorted standard pullets. Delivery will be late Feb

    My coop is designed for 6 hens. So how many chicks should I order if I want to end up with 6 hens?

    Any/all advice is always welcome.

    Thanx,

    David
     
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    1/4 more than you want- the attrition rate can be high sometimes.
     
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well with ideal if you buy 6-8 pullets you should be fine during transit but they stuff in cockreals for warmth so you end up with 25 chicks plus any extras they send.
     
  4. birdbrain2

    birdbrain2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just ordered 26 from ideal, i am only keeping 6. i put an add on craigslist.org and sold the remaining 20 chicks in 10 minutes. I ordered the extras for warmth and in case i have some casualties. I should get them on feb 6. [​IMG]
     
  5. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered 12 chicks from Ideal with a March 4 ship date.

    I think my inexperience will account for a higher than "normal" attrition rate. Hoping to end up with 6-8

    They said they may include some males to fill the box and for warmth. That will be interesting.

    At what age can you tell the difference between roosters and hens? I will not be able to keep the roosters.

    Thanx,

    David
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    By 8 weeks you should have a good idea as to what is a roo.
     
  7. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx for your advice.

    Now comes the question of what to do with the roosters.

    Keeping them or putting them down is not really an option for me.

    Thanx again,

    David
     
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

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    Quote:i list all of my extra cockerels and roos on craigslist and they get snapped up quickly.
     
  9. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You gave them away or sold them?

    How much is an 8 week old rooster worth?

    Thanx,

    David
     
  10. 4hooves&featheredfriends

    4hooves&featheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    David, How about the special with 25 assorted heavy birds? Would it be worth getting all pullets? You might want to post a local listing at a feed & grain store to sell the rest. The Cust. Service folks at Ideal are wonderful if you do change your mind.
     

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