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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by abhaya, Nov 30, 2010.
I see all these people doing large hatches. What do you do with all the chicks?
I sell most of mine and hold a few back for breeders.
It really takes LOTS of chicks even with high quality breeders to get a few replacements...those we keep until they are 5-6 months unless there are obvious reasons not to keep them...my layer flocks are hatched and raised sold as people want them.I have people contacting me all the time for chicks and young birds.Then there is always the kids favorite chicks they stay here no matter.
1 of my incubators is chirping as I type I'm slowing down for the Holiday's though....only 7-8 dozen in this week
Adore each and every chick, scramble for more heat lamps and Rubbermaid bins, rush out to buy another waterer, stock up on chick starter feed, worry about which coop to use as the latest "grow out" coop, and if I need to buy or build something, offer chicks to nearby BYC members, and breathe a sigh of relief when not every single egg hatches. (Even though it's cheer time if all of 'em do.)
I am happy if ANY eggs hatch.
But that's just me.
Anybody need some chicks?
. Sounds just like me.
I give away more than I sell, especially this time of year. One month I hatched over 450 chicks, and kept about 20 I think. Most I gave away to locals.