Want to try but Chicken ????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by critterrun, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. critterrun

    critterrun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    my family gave me an incubator and turner for my birthday

    I want to try BUT I AM CHICKEN [​IMG] [​IMG]

    how long would they need to stay in my house after the hatched?
    I live in NJ

    there are eggs for sale I REALY LIKE [​IMG]

    should I try or wait for spring? [​IMG]

    for all the help

    BYC is great
    I have all ready meet some GREAT people [​IMG]

  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Do it. There's nothing better than fluffy chickens.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I raise chicks year round except when it's real hot.
    I can add heat but I can't add airconditioning to a hot bldg.

    I almost never have them in the house unless I only have a couple because of the dust.

    I set up a brooder in an unheated building with 2 lamps. There's plenty of warmth and plenty of cool space.
    The quicker they acclimate to the cool the better they feather out and be ready for winter.
    IMO If you start now and raised the right way they'll be able to be outside by mid or late January.

    And you'll be getting eggs by May.

    If you have a few


    If you have a lot


    Outside the building

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Jump in, the water is fine! You will love it!
  5. wishingbee

    wishingbee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    SW Washington
    I asked myself the very same questions a few months ago.

    I say go for it! But be prepared for bad weather, and research, research, research. Plan for the worst- power outtages while incubating, what you'll do if the power goes when they're just hatched, if the weather is simply too cold to put them outside when they're finally fully feathered (5 weeks-ish?). If you have to keep them indoors for longer, how will you mitigate the dust? Where will you keep them as they grow larger and louder?

    And be prepared for snide remarks from people at the feed store when you're picking up chick starter, too. [​IMG]

    I have 6 babies (well, they're almost three weeks old) in my office. And I wouldn't trade my experience for anything- they have been such a joy. If there's a will, there's a way!
  6. jacobkelly15

    jacobkelly15 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    keep them in for 3 weeks and then put them out with a heat lamp but at 4 weeks old they shouldnt need a heat lamp only if gets super cold!
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    They will need heat until they are fully feathered, which is not until at least 7-8 weeks. UNLESS you hatch in the dead of summer and it's quite hot out.

    I would not recommend getting the breed you are super keen on to begin with - I highly recommend getting a small number from a local farmer...this way, you can "practice" with eggs that are not quite as valuable. Then, once you've had a successful hatch, move on to the breed you're super keen on. JMO!
  8. critterrun

    critterrun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    ok I am starting week 2

    hope all goes well

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