What to do with excess chicks from hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by greenmulberry, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    So, I am wondering what you all do with the chicks you hatch. Obviously many/most join your flocks!

    But surely, given how often I see some members running full 'bators, there are many many extra roosters, not to mention you end up with more of one variety than you want.

    I suppose some people have enough land, but most wouldn't.

    So what do you do with the extra chickens, especially roosters? I am not judging anyone, just want to know what I should be planning for. I want to get an incubator to hatch out some chicks, but about 25 hens is probably my max number I can keep with my space. I have 6 hens now.

    So I was thinking what I would probably do, is when I see hatching eggs for sale for a breed I really want, is I would get some and hatch them out, keep a few pullets (if I get a good hatch!) and rehome (eat?) the rest.
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:You answered your own question.
    Thats what we do with them. [​IMG]
  3. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Many people process the one they don't want, every area has freecycle I have gotton rid of bantam roos that way,
    I also give chickens for Birthday presents!!!
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  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I sell them or eat them.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I take them to a local poultry auction. I can't bring myself to butcher them.
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    We have a very wide range of chicken people on BYC.
    LUV this group.
    I am mostly involved with Silkies as pets and for showing.
    At first I did Hatch a lot but now I have cut back and I only do selective hatching at this point. I pick my best and hatch from them. BUT I keep detailed records of all my birds.
    It is a lot of work and I love it. My flock gets better every year. For instance I just hatched 6 blue chicks and of them
    one did turn out as pet quality and I will not have any trouble finding it a good home. 2 will be good birds and I will sell them as such and the other 3 I think have the potential of being show stealers next year. I am thrilled and can not wait to see them grow into stunning balls of fluff.

  7. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Quote:Hmm, do you have any tips on how I would find a local poulty auction?
  8. AprilAWZ

    AprilAWZ Songster

    Nov 28, 2007
    northeastern MN
    I would talk to the people at your feed store, especially if it's a smaller, locally owned place...they seem to know just about everything that's going on. I've found that folks at the larger places (TSC, etc.) can be hit-or-miss when it comes to any kind of knowledge. And unfortunately, I've found my county extension people to be about the same.

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