To Hatch or Not to Hatch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lillahimed, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I am reasonably new to chickens (baby sit my friend's hens from time to time) and was wondering if it is best to start out with 1 day old chicks or hatching eggs. The eggs would be picked up locally not shipped :) Thanks for any input!
     
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  2. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That depends. Do you want instant results? Do you want to see them hatch? If you get chicks you know they are alive. Are you going to hatch them or let your hen do it? If you get eggs they may or maynot hatch. A lot of people like myself get a lot of plesure out of seeing my hen hatch and care for the chicks. This all boils down to your personal choice.
     
  3. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to allow the hen to hatch and raise the chicks :) That being said I also find incubation fascinating to watch. So I'll probably partake in a little of both.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The big difference is when you order day old chicks, you control the gender. Yes, the occasional roo slips in, but overall you get females. When you hatch, you get average 50% roosters. You need a plan in place for those birds, please don't incubate a bunch of eggs then be on here in a few months crying because you have a bunch of roosters you can't keep and can't bear to get rid of. We see that way too often!
     
  5. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I already have that plan :) I have some friends with a flock who enjoy roosters. I like them too, but will only be able to have 1.
     

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