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What Do You Do With SO Many Chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sheilawagner, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. sheilawagner

    sheilawagner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Guys,


    I know I'm guilty of this too, I just love hatching eggs now and it is so addictive. Coming this early 2011, I will have so many new chicks, I won't know what to do with em.

    Put it this way, I have just hatched 8, I have 17 in 1 incubator due next week, another 24 incubator due early Jan. I can't possibly keep all of them, and I know what I'll need to do. And it got me thinking, what DO you guys do with all your excess chicks? Share some ideas with me?


    Sheila
     
  2. wilkey44

    wilkey44 Out Of The Brooder

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    keep building brooders for the chicks i have 69 chick right now 4 do in 2 days 12 for the first and and 5 more on the 6th and I find that im having to build brooders to keep up with chick growth and temp brooders from storage containers I got a little behind now I am having to catch up
     
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  3. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Southern Arizona
    I sell and/or trade them for other birds or equipment. Sometimes even for organic feed. Seems to work great.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Oh honey you are on the low side. Some people here hatch out hundreds every 21 days!!!! Alot sell them. Myself, I am rebuilding my flock from a large predator loss. I am sure we all have our reasons. I have ducks in the bator now due on 1/1/11. After that more chicken eggs go in. I need at least 8 more to make up for the loss.
     
  5. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone on here considered renting out incubation space? I just ordered an incubator and I'm thinking about offering to incubate eggs for people who want to hatch their own eggs. Any thoughts? I would only charge for chicks actually hatched.
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    AllCoop'dUp :

    Has anyone on here considered renting out incubation space? I just ordered an incubator and I'm thinking about offering to incubate eggs for people who want to hatch their own eggs. Any thoughts? I would only charge for chicks actually hatched.

    I did think about that and then I went on Craigs list and some fool was offering to do it for free because he is THAT nuts about chicks. I cannot compete with free.​
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Last year I supplied 2 feedstores with chicks & sold ALOT of eggs on e-bay. Advertise in the local paper for chicks. They're irresistable!
     
  8. marcym

    marcym Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be keeping the hens in my first three hatches for replacement hens. The roosters will be processed and in the freezers of friends and family. After I have the hens I need, I have three other people already asking to buy chicks.

    I've learned that old cupboards laid on their backs, doors removed and covered with a screen make great brooders!! Necessity is the mother of invention!!
     
  9. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    We've got somewhere between 250 and 300 on the place right now and I still haven't figured it out. [​IMG] Build more coops I guess.


    oh, and I've ordered more eggs to hatch out in the spring.
    I have got to be nuts.
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I've never been able to sell a chick. Not even for $1. People called from my ad and asked if I would sell them any laying hens instead [​IMG]
    I have been able to sell young pullets, however all I keep hatching out is roos [​IMG]
     

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