trying to populate

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by daddy_roo, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 hens right now, 4 of them are 3 years old, 1 is about 5, and one is just out of pullet stage. I am wanting to up my chickens to about 10 hens and a roo. Roughly how many eggs should I put in an incubator to get this. I know that no one can guarentee anything just kinda looking for ball park. I also know that about half of what you put in an incubator will be male usually so any suggestions?
     
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If your incubator will hold 42 eggs, that is what you put in. (There's never any problem giving away chicks after you've done the hard part)
     
  3. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My incubator accually holds 48 but I am trying to hatch fairly soon and do not want to buy hatching eggs. Yet still increase population.
     
  4. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Where are you? Ill give you some eggs if you dont care the breeds.
     
  5. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im almost to Missouri, Logan county. But I do apreciate the offer.
     
  6. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shipping would be quick. If you decide to pay for a flat rate shipping ill still no charge you the eggs.
     
  7. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds you got?
     
  8. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the wrong time of year to be hatching chicks. Hen's are either going in moult, in moult or coming out of moult. If you want fall chicks then wait until late October. Personally, I'd suggest waiting until spring in your area.
     
  9. OwlLover

    OwlLover Alaskan Wanderer

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    Quote:If your incubator will hold 42 eggs, that is what you put in. (There's never any problem giving away chicks after you've done the hard part)

    What about roos?
     
  10. manybirds

    manybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
    Quote:i'de do 13
     

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