What is the benefit of eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dilly, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008

    What is the benefit of getting eggs to hatch and incubate, over just ordering the sex and breed of chick you want?

    Just curious.
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    The joy of staring at the incubator 24/7 for 21 days! [​IMG]

    In all seriousness, I enjoy hatching my own chicks, especially if I only want a few birds. I'm trying to get more Silver Spangled Hamburgs for our flock and I don't want to have to buy a minimum order of 25 straight run chicks.

  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I enjoy hatching my own too. The excitement when they start hatching never gets old. Plus some breeds/colors are hard or impossible to get from hatcheries and those you get from breeders are better quality usually.
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    Like Katy says, quality is one BIG reason. What you get from a good breeder can never be equaled from a hatchery. And I also agree about the fun of hatching! Even though there can be a lot of frustration involved, seeing that tiny little beak poking out from a hole and eventually breaking free always makes it worth while. There is something magical about staring at a smooth, hard object for 3 weeks and then seeing something soft, squishy and fluffy pop out at the end!

  5. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Will good breeders sell baby chicks?

    I want to go that route, but not finding any breeders close. Any ideas? I am in Northern Calif. and would love to buy direct from a breeder not a hatchery.

    Since I only want at the most six hens, I cannot justify the expense of equipment and time to hatch.


  6. championny

    championny Songster

    Mar 21, 2008
    Saint Johns, AZ
    I have found that sometimes the only way to get a specific breed is to hatch your own. Most small farms with great breed qualities won't ship live birds, but will send you eggs. Some breeds you can only find as eggs because hatcheries have sold out of them. That's why I have Toulouse eggs in my incubator. The hatcheries sold out, or the ones that have them insist I order 8 when I only want about 2-4 of them.

    And the thrill of hatching your own. I find myself wandering to my incubator and waiting for a pip or hoping a little chick is out and about. It's stressful, but it can be fun and addictive. Take it from me whose first hatch was horrible, yet I find myself looking for eggs on eBay or eggbid! [​IMG]
  7. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    So what do you guys do with all those babies? I read where people are always getting eggs and more eggs. So where are the babies going? No one keeps that many??? Or do they?
  8. championny

    championny Songster

    Mar 21, 2008
    Saint Johns, AZ
    When they get older you can sell them on places like Craigslist or you can add them to your flock. I plan to keep all of mine, but I am not hatching so many either.
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    We breed, hatch and sell chicks and grown chickens to people like you who only want a few, and to others who want a larger flock for lots of eggs.

    We always have RIR, EE, and a few other breeds, but we change out breeds every few years.
    This year I sold all my Delaware breeders, and adding Dominiques and Silver Lakenvelders.

    I have to plan way ahead, so I will have grown stock to hatch from every Spring. I usually buy my new breed eggs or chicks from breeders, so it takes awhile to get them to laying age.

    DH just came in from checking the incubators and he said I have Lakenvelders hatching!!! [​IMG]:weee

  10. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    I am hatching eggs because I want quality chicks that are true to their breed. I mean, you should see the silver sebrights that I got my daughter at the feed store! [​IMG]

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