I Hatched too Many Chicks This Year! Anyone Else?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bigredfeather, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I came to the conclusion recently that I have hatched way more chicks this year than I really should have. I had 10 chickens prior to this past February. As of right now I have 104. They take up such little space when they are hatched, but as they are getting bigger, they are needing almost more coop space than I have to utilize. I found myself building another pen in the coop this weekend to accomidate my ever growing chicks. I really wish I wouldn't have hatched so many, especially with Winter quickly approaching.

    Anyone else having hatcher's remorse after a Spring/Summer of heavy hatching?
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I have only hatched 39 so far. I do have about 45 more to hatch. I don't have any remorse. I just keep building.......... Or my husband does, so he may have some remorse [​IMG]
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i'm sorry, your statement doesn't make sense to me. 'too many' doesn't go with 'chicks'. [​IMG]
  4. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    WOW. I acquired all my birds as chicks. I went from 2 in March to a grand total of 7. It seems like a lot. 104. I repeat-WOW.
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I had to NOT hatch any chicks this year, and didn't buy any either... my coop could handle more - its just that extra food and having to carry water in winter that I can't handle!
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Oh, I started hatching in January and didn't stop until the beginning of July when my DH said enough! I have no clue how many I hatched, along with some help from a few broody's either! I've sold some and kept some, so I've lost track of all of them but I can tell you that I hatched A LOT of chicks! [​IMG]

    I'm doing one more hatch this week and that will be it for me this year. [​IMG]
  7. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Send some to meeee [​IMG]
  8. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    I did not hatch any, but the DH wishes I had just ordered the 10 from the feed store and not the additional 25 from Whitmore.

    After eating spare cockerels, we still have 12 more than I had hoped to over-winter. Still hoping to find some locals that would like a pullet or 5. [​IMG]
  9. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    20- waaaaaaaay too many. Some of you are probably thinking 20?! Thats not a lot. Well we actaully hatched about 25 or 26- a few deaths. But here in the UK, we can only have 49 birds maximum before we have to register with DEFRA. Plus 10 quail- I think i have 27 chickens- 10+27=37. I have more eggs in the incubator [​IMG] BUT I WANT TO HATCH NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2009
  10. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Quote:Yeah, feed bill is killing me, and I'm dreading dealing with frozen water this Winter.

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