I was thinking of hatching my own eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TGWTHF, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. TGWTHF

    TGWTHF Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah, we've recently had a few pekins and a silkie.. we had 2 silkies but one passed the other day at a terribly young age..
    ANYWAY lets not talk about that haha
    but I was thinking of buying a Silkie egg and possibly some other eggs, because I really want a baby silkie to raise but i'm then faced with the chance of it being a cockerel haha
    do you think I should try?
    also could anyone send me some links to some things I should know before even trying to start hatching my own eggs? like books or online websites or something.
    please and thank you :3
     
  2. TGWTHF

    TGWTHF Out Of The Brooder

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    also linking things like good accessories to have ready for the hatching and stuff and what sort of food they would/should be eating from hatching, is there a special type of food I'd have to get for them?
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    This article is very good:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    It should tell you everything you need to know. Feed wise: get them some chick starter crumbs. You can buy medicated or non-medicated, it's your choice. The medicated starter contains small amounts of drugs, usually amprolium which is a thiamine blocker and helps prevent coccidiosis. It's not a complete preventative though. Chicks can still get cocci even when fed medicated starter, but it does help their resistance to the disease.
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    DO NOT feed medicated feed if you vaccinate for coccidiosis because the vaccine is a weakened form of the coccidiosis organism and medicated starter feed will kill off the vaccine before your chicks receive any benefit from the vaccination.
     

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