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Survival rate of baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Magic Birdie, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    What percent of day old hatchery chicks(your first batch, preferebly) survived?

    This is to mainly convince my dad that not all chicks die, he thinks they all die the moment you get them [​IMG]
  2. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Valleyford, WA
    Ordered 17 Dominique chicks from Cackle Hatchery 07/21.

    Chicks shipped 07/27.

    Received 19 Dominique chicks 07/29.

    All 19 are still thriving at 4 weeks of age.

    That's 100% survival and we are 1st time chicken owners.

  3. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    first batch was a long time ago.. but it was 100%..

    very rarely do I lose a chick.. and I've never lost more than one in a shipment

    when i order it's usually at least 25 chicks.. occasionally I'll place an order for 15... but that doesn't happen often
  4. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Thanks! [​IMG]

    Any more?
  5. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    I got day olds from the local feed store and they all survived. Ten weeks old now and still going strong!
  6. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2011
    I got 20 chicks from Ideal and all 20 are doing really well [​IMG]
  7. ChickyLove

    ChickyLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Springfield, MA.
    I'm getting mine of Friday. It's my first time ordering from a hatchery, so I'll let you know how it turns out!!
  8. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    100% survival at 16 weeks. No problems.
  9. LisaAnnW

    LisaAnnW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2011
    Out of 23 chicks we purchased this year, we only lost one, and that was because she had a crooked beak and couldn't eat properly.
  10. DelcoChix

    DelcoChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Central Ohio
    Year One--12 day olds picked up from hatchery 100% survival
    2 (3-4) days olds from feed store 100% survival
    Year Two--8 shipped day olds from breeder 100% survival
    8 day olds from hatchery (picked up) 100% survival
    12 Cornish X (4-H market project) day old 100% survival...well, until 8 weeks:)
    Year Three--15 Cornish X (4-H again)...day old 100% survival so far, we're at the halfway point, starting week 4...and it's been pretty hot for them...

    We've had a few losses after they reached maturity, one fox mama, one freak accident, one eggbound (but she was bought when she was 6 months old), one was a year old, died from nasty tumor on her leg, and one disappeared--hawk? But overall, for beginners, I think we've done quite well. No reason you can't do the same as long as you do your homework and are ready to prove you are up to the task. Best of luck--it's well worth it:)

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