what woud be better - one day olds or ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by egyptchick, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. egyptchick

    egyptchick Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    With 9 roosters in my flock, I will need to suppplement my 3 girls with either some. ready to lays. or new chicks. I was wondering what is my best bet.

    1) new chicks- i can add them right into the coop in a seregated brooder but they will be ready to lay in december. if i want them to lay i will have to supplement with artficial light which might be hard on our small solar system.

    2) ready to lay- would get from local farmer so not debeaked. woud hve to build temp coop to quarantine? Would restock wih new chcks come spring?

    Any comments/recommendations.
  2. chickyboomboom

    chickyboomboom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    I would say ready to lay.... I'm new at chickens but my thinking is this: your main reason for more chickens is to give your 3 girls a relief from all those roos. You would only need to wait out quarantine for that.

    With day olds you'd be waiting 6 months or so! Plus you would have the hassle of winter.

    If it were me, I'd get the ready to lay hens. That way come spring, if you wanted chicks, you might get them naturally without having to buy them!

    just my 2 cents.
  3. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    9 roosters! [​IMG] All of them aren't in with the hens are they?
    Definitely get point of lay hens.
  4. egyptchick

    egyptchick Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    Yes all the roosters are in with the hens. so far the roosters are leaving them alone in fact they seem to take turns guarding the girls while they sun themselves. I will be doing a cull of the flock once they get bigger. they are 12 weeks now so i figure another month or so

    thanks. I guess i better get cracking on a temp coop and run.
  5. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah I would get ready to lay. I did the chick thing once, and well lets just say I am a fan of hens taking care of their own chicks.
  6. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Ready to lay....if you were closer I have 17 I am selling [​IMG]

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