Likely hood of losing a chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Familyman0803, May 4, 2017.

  1. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    My wife and I are going to be getting 3 RIR AND 3 BLACK Sexlink hens in a week. Just curious as to what are chances are of us have six healthy birds and not losing any of them; this is our first time owning chicks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,699
    2,648
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    If they arrive vigorous, with good management, they should all make it to adulthood and beyond.
    How much research have you done?
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    9,920
    2,892
    421
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    There is a small chance one out of the bunch would be a failure-to-thrive chick. It would be apparent within the first three days of getting them. Such a chick is lethargic, not active, stands still while eyes at half mast. After a week you would notice it's not growing and it could have constipation or diarrhea.

    A good practice that would get all the chicks off to a good start would be giving them Poultry Nutri-drench. It can often jump start underdeveloped digestive systems, and it will also be a good boost for normal chicks. An undiluted drop on the beak of each chick is standard. Then make a "weak tea" with a few drops in their waterer.

    Other than that, as long as you're getting the chicks from a NPIP certified hatchery or breeder, you have every reason to expect healthy chicks and it would be rare to lose any at all.
     
  4. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Been researching for about 3 years. Books, internet and local farmers...Just bout 5 acres and am excited too start our homestead. I am getting them from a True Value store in upstate New York. How can you tell if they are NPIP registered? I know they don't personally hatch them but would they buy from hatcheris not certified?
     
  5. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Hatcheeries
     
  6. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Hatchetu... I hate spellcheck
     
  7. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Hatchery
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    20,835
    4,042
    421
    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    You can always ask which hatchery they order their chicks from. The vast majority of hatcheries are NPIP certified, as it is needed to legally ship birds across state lines.
     
  9. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Thank you!
     
  10. Familyman0803

    Familyman0803 Just Hatched

    17
    0
    15
    Apr 29, 2017
    Other than nutri drench what else should I have in a hen first aid kit?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by