New Member needs lots of advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SueTriesHerBest, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. SueTriesHerBest

    SueTriesHerBest New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    I'm a kindergarten teacher in Southern California. Last year a mom in my class helped us hatch chicks. None actually hatched so I ended up sneaking in chicks from the feed store. Luckily my students didn't ask any questions. It was a great experience for all of us.
    This year I want to try again but hopefully with better results. Here's most important question, where do I find local fertilized eggs to hatch? I live in Redlands Ca. Anyone out there know where I can get eggs?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, SueTriesHerBest, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! A great place to inquire would be of fellow Californians in your state thread in this link:
    You can also post in this forum to see if there are any local hatcheries that have hatching eggs for sale:
    Local is important when it comes to hatching eggs as getting them though the mail results in a great drop in hatch rate.
    Finally, there is this forum as well:
    Hope you find what you are looking for - I know this is a project kids love! Good luck and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  4. Circle W Farms

    Circle W Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2016
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've received some great links so I'll just say hello and wish you best of luck with this year's hatch!
  6. Three chickens

    Three chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2016
    Riverside CA.
    Hello and welcome. I live in Riverside Ca. I just looked on Craigslist and saw some fertile hatching eggs. Hope that helps.
  7. Jiffyrocks

    Jiffyrocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2017
    Louisville KY
    What happens to the chicks after the class has hatched them?
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under SueTriesHerBest [​IMG] Welcome!

    Good thinking on sneaking in the chicks .. I can imagine the little ones would have been bitterly disappointed if there were no babies.

    Sorry, living in Aus, I am not able to help with your search but I do wish you all the best.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of the hatch, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens Sue, it's nice to meet you. School kids have all the fun. We never got to see chickens hatch when I was a kid. The best we got was a walk to a grocery store and a red balloon with the store name on it. [​IMG]
  10. SueTriesHerBest

    SueTriesHerBest New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    The mom that started the project brought half of the chicks to her own mom's coop and the rest went to another family starting a backyard coop. Unfortunately both families lost 2 of the chicks, but the rest are thriving. Because they were handled since born, both families say the hens are more like pets. They still enjoy being held and cuddled. I already have one family lined up to take some chicks for this year. My neighbor is a jerk and I have 3 cats or I would continue raising them at my house. Luckily I have enough other families wanting to raise chickens.

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