Should I account death rates when ordering my chickies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wings, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be getting 6 or 7 more chicks. [​IMG] I can't wait! [​IMG]
    I will be getting them from my local feed store, so I can order only a few if I need to get more.
    I was wondering about chick mortality rates, and so I wasn't sure if I should order more than this. Will the chance of them dying be less if I get them when they are two or three days old? [​IMG]

    I hate to be so callus about the adorable fuzzbutts dying, but how many should I order if I want to end up with 6 hens?
     
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  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Well, I ordered 15 to end up with 8. They sent 18. One died coming out of the box. The other 17 are thriving. Sigh. I had to build an annex on to the coop to hold them all.
    I'm sure if I hadn't allowed for loss all but one of the darn things would have died.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    A rule of thumb when you order chicks

    Buy five chicks of the same breed of the same sex unless you want mostly roosters if you do go straight run.

    Works for me and I can always sell or give away extra chicks once they feather out to go outside or predator problems were taken care of.

    Other than that, you will be fine!
     
  4. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So I should get only five? I'm confused... [​IMG]
     
  5. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered 28 and ended up with 19. 6 died in transit and 3 died within a day or so. Mine were also mail order and it was really cold here in Montana the first week-end of Feb when they were shipped...darn-it!
     
  6. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you get extra none will die.
    If you get just how many you want then some will die.

    It's just the way it works. [​IMG]
     
  7. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The industry average for large hatcheries is 3.2% mortality. So out of 35 chicks, you should lose one. If it gets too much higher, check with the hatchery.
     
  8. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted 3 hens so I got 4 pullets at the local feed store in case one died or one turned out to be a roo. I still have 4--all girls [​IMG]
     
  9. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I want 6 pullets I should get 7 from my feed store, even though they aren't going to be shipped directly to me?

    I can order them the day I go to get them.
     
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  10. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go ahead and get 8 if you want 6 even if they all turn out exactly like you want you'll probably want more anyway and even if you dont decide to keep all of them, there are always people who will take them. :celebrateToo much is never enough.
     

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