What is "Hatched Early"???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rodriguezpoultry, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    I have heard numerous breeders say "you have to hatch them early" or "you have to hatch them late."

    My question is, does this "hatch them early" mean you have to hatch them early in the year so they grow larger before the hot weather hits?

    What are the effects of this???
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    In my case... the earlier we start hatching in the year, the more grown the birds are by show season.
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Why do some people blame small or large sized birds on "early hatch" or "late hatch"???

    I went to a website and it said "This pullet is too big for my breeding flock. She was an early hatch so is bigger than the normal bantam." Should the hatching date matter?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I have no idea what that means
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I've had several chicks hatch 2-3 days early, and there was no difference between them and the chicks that hatched right on time... [​IMG] Not sure what they're talking about.
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Spring hatched chickens grow larger than fall hatched chickens. Something to do with the amount of sunlight available, quality of feed, and other such stuffs.

    If you want to breed small, use chicks hatched in the fall.

    For larger birds, hatch in the spring.
     
  7. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    What about birds in the summer? Are they different than those in the spring??

    YAY! Now I have a plan! [​IMG]
     
  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Nah, Spring is best. More time to grow before you start running out of daylight. [​IMG] Plus, it makes them hardier come winter and you don't have to bundle them up in sweaters so they can survive the cold temps.
     
  9. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    OH YAY!!!!

    Well, I know what I'M going to be doing this spring...hehehehe...time for me to separate Clyde with his hens...

    I think I'll do it after the Idabel show...
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    If I don't hatch until spring, my birds are not mature enough for fall shows--I know this from several year's experience.

    Birds I hatch from March on will be too young and immature to show in November at the largest show in my area, not to mention the State Fair which is in October.
     

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