I can't wait any longer for my chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nslangton, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Nslangton

    Nslangton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered chicks from a local hatchery. Today is hatch day. I can pick them up this afternoon or anytime tomorrow. Do they have a better chance of survival if they stay at the hatchery the first night? I have had my brooder up and running for a two weeks already. What would you guys do? I might go crazy if I have to wait until tomorrow
     
  2. TaylorHobbyFarms

    TaylorHobbyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they look happy and healthy, I would go ahead and pick them up today if that's what you want to do. [​IMG]
     
  3. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they are fluffy before you try to transport them then I don't think it matters. I can totally understand how you feel. I wouldn't want to wait either!!
    Congrats on you babies. :) How many of what kind are you getting? [​IMG]
     
  4. Nslangton

    Nslangton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'm getting 3 White Leghorns and 3 brown egg layers (White rock hen crossed with RIR Rooster) I ordered these cause we only want eggs and we absolutely will not be eating the hens after they stop laying. We have a hatchery a few minutes away and they only sell 4 types. 2 egg layers and 2 meat birds. I can pick them up so they won't have to be shipped. I keep reading about orders of chicks arriving dead in this cold weather and that freaked me out a little bit. That is why I ordered from this hatchery I would be devastated if I opened a box of dead chicks.
     
  5. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my withe Leghorn. She lays huge eggs! :)
    What will you do with the hens once they stop laying?

    I know lots of people won't eat them, I'm just curious what you do with them then?
     
  6. Nslangton

    Nslangton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know, hopefully a have a few years before I have to worry about that. Any suggestions?
     
  7. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well... You can give them to someone else... But they would eat them. Or you could just feed and keep them until they die.
    I heard of someone selling them to a pet store to add some... decoration, to the snake habitat... Somehow I don't see you doing that though. =P

    Personally I see no more fitting end to a hens long life than a dinner table, but I know not all people feel that way. I haven't really though of what else to do with them after they stop laying. That's why I asked. I have a friend that just gives her roosters away (I'm not sure if she does with her hens). She just doesn't ask what they are going to do with them.
     
  8. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have one hen that will stay with me for as long as she lives. She is as close to push button broody as I have ever heard of. Keep her around eggs and promptly sits on them (usually within 36 - 48 hours) after she sits for a few days I give her baby chicks that she raises as her own. Way cool!

    Really it depends on the hen and how much space I have.
     

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