Want to raise chicks..don't know where to start!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wyan5, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. wyan5

    wyan5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 5 Wyandottes in October. All were supposed to be laying hens but one turned out to be a rooster. He was born sometime late last spring I think. I heard him crow for the first time this morning. If he ends up crowing a lot I'll have to get rid of him, but I was hoping to get some fertile eggs to raise chicks first. I have no clue how to know if they are fertile and how to start. I do know a place I can get an incubator. Any help will be appreciated!
     
  2. sumi

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    I hope you rooster doesn't make too much noise too soon! If he's crowing he could be sexually mature also, but that depends on his age. How old is he? Most of my roosters only got "the hang of it" aged around 5 months. Here's a thread with great pics showing what to look for with fertile eggs:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

    And in the first post on this thread you will find EVERYTHING about hatching. If it's not in the notes it will be in the links:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704328/diary-notes-air-cell-detatched-shipped-eggs

    And here is a good thread on raising chicks if your question covers that aspect:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    Good luck and I hope your rooster will father some chicks for you!
     
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    I'm not sure how old he is..the previous owners thought he was born late last spring. (April or May I guess.) When I got him in October he looked like a hen but a month or so later I knew he was a rooster by his appearance. But he just now started crowing.
    Thanks! I'll check out the links you gave :)
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    If he was born as late as June even he's old enough to be a Daddy.
     

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