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Raising chicks or getting older hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rugznjones, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. rugznjones

    rugznjones Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband wants older laying hens and I think we should start
    out with chicks? What's some pros and cons?
     
  2. Zanna

    Zanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Older laying hens, Pros: Eggs now, immunity should be built up for disease if purchased locally. Cons: Honestly, can't think of any other than not seeing those cutie pie chicks grow up..... Oh, you will need an established coop right away.
    Chicks: Pros: Super fun, don't take up much space for a couple of weeks, time to build/get the coop if don't have one already. Cons: 5-7 mos. before eggs depending on breed, immunities not built up yet so may be some losses, need a heat source for 4- 6 weeks till fully feathered. All I can come up with right now :)
     
  3. rugznjones

    rugznjones Out Of The Brooder

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    I worry about the longivity of the egg laying process? How long do hens lay eggs for?
     
  4. Zanna

    Zanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchery birds usually burn out after about 2 years but lay lots of eggs. A nice heritage type from a breeder will lay fewer eggs per week but lay for 3 - 5 years. A lot depends on the breed.
     

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