What do you prefer?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by buffrooster, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. buffrooster

    buffrooster In the Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Nelson County, Va
    What do you prefer?
    Buying Hatching eggs to raise your chickens?
    Buying chicks to raise?
    Buying Adults and raising your own?

    I prefer buying eggs to hatch.
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    All of the above [​IMG]
  3. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    I will be buying birds that are at least old enough to sex. I would love to hatch my own eggs, but I do NOT plan on having to deal with extra roosters. If we could just sex them in the shell, I'd be thrilled!
  4. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    I prefer to buy mature birds, that way you know what you are getting. With eggs there is no garuntee they will hatch, you dont know the gender, you dont know if they will be deformed. Chicks can die to easily.
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I truly prefer to buy them as 2 mos old pullets (usually by then you can tell the gender).

    But I like all of the above.
  6. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I like hatching eggs. It makes it fun and then you did all the work (except lay it lol [​IMG]).
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Gosh, what a hard question!
    In the past 5 months I have experienced all of the above for the first time!
    Got adult birds and they are really cool. I knew what most of the sexes were. Got fooled on one but they are good birds and have been nice to deal with.
    Hatched out Cochin and Silkie eggs. That was really neat, if not a nail biting experience, even though the hens did all the work. LOL
    And bought chicks of many different breeds and am having a total blast watching them grow and shape up.
    Geez! I think I just like all chicken doings!
    I'd do any of it all over again.[​IMG]
  8. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Quote:That is true, but I was just starting out breeding sumatras and I couldn't find anywhere to buy adults so I bought eggs.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Hatching my own eggs OR buying sexed chicks.
    I have a policy against buying adult birds-way, way too stressful with the disease factor! [​IMG]
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Hatching eggs

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