Whats better: order chicks or order eggs then hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by The Chickeneer, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    I am thinking about ordering some eggs to hatch in my incubator [​IMG] , but lately I've been reading a few threads about how some eggs come cracked and most of them dont hatch some dont even develop etc. Then, if you order chicks, you get them alive and ready to go, no fussing about bator temp or humidity, turning and development. So,meaning if you order lets say 12 eggs, not all of them will hatch actually most wont [​IMG], but if you order 12 chicks, you get 12 chicks [​IMG]. So then I thought "ordering chicks is the way to go" but then why the heck did I pay good money for an incubator and an egg turner?it would be a waste if I only used it 3 times [​IMG], so I fired it up for the test run and its doing pretty good. But now I have searched the internet, and the average fertile egg I want is about $4.00. Four dollars per egg for eggs that wont hatch, will be infertile, broken, useless [​IMG]. And chicks that will arive dead, with pasty but, having an accidental male in the female sexed chicks you ordered b, but wont find out until its grown but then its too late. It truly is a gamble either way you go, but the bator is already on so I guess Im ordering eggs, but I want to know what you guys think, which you prefer from the two etc. Thanks in advance for any answers you might have [​IMG]
  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Here in the UK we can't send chicks through the mail, so collecting them in person or ordering fertile eggs are the choices. If I could order chicks, that would probably be what I'd go for, but I'd check out BYC feedback on a few different hatcheries before I placed an order, and I'd also wait for the correct time of year so that the weather hopefully wasn't either too hot or too cold for them as they came through the post, as I'd figure it would be my responsibility to give them the best shot at survival that I could.

    I'd really like to be able to order chicks, as I'm fed up heating, feeding and rearing all these ***** roosters!
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    It depends on what you want. If you want all pullets then order chicks. With shipped eggs it is always a gamble some hatch fine and others not so good and the hatches are pretty much 50% female and 50% male.
  4. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I order the chicks and if the hatchery dosen't have a certain breed I want I buy some and incubate for fun. I do both but it's really a preference. Like someone said above, a hatchery can send all pullets.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Hatcheries can't get you 'show' birds or hard to find or rare birds.

    so if you order 30 eggs to hatch, you can expect about 14 to hatch and only half of those will be pullets.

    I once ordered 18 eggs, I hatched out six and all six were pullets. I should have bought a lottery ticket too, cuz that will NEVER happen again.

    But if you want pullets of some rare breeds and pullets only, you can do McMurray or if you want OEGs, Ideal is great, but they are straight run.
  6. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    If you can get hatching eggs locally, you can try that so the eggs won't have to go through shipping. However, incubating eggs is a gamble. I've done it twice. The first time I had great success. I thought - wow - this is easy. So I ordered a bunch of expensive eggs - 73 altogether....and ended up with only 7 chicks. Out of the six groups of eggs I incubated (5 shipped, 1 picked up locally), the local eggs were the only one that didn't even hatch one egg. So there are no guarantees. One successful hatch doesn't mean the next hatch will be successful.

    However, despite that one bad hatch, there really is nothing quite like seeing a chick hatch - hearing those first little peeps. It's amazing.
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I've order pullets and hatched their eggs and ordered shipped eggs from reputable sources.

    shipped eggs-- only 5 hatched out of over 2 dozen. Those were set next to my own eggs which kept hatching until I now have 25 chicks from my stock.

    The down side of hatching is the number of roosters that result. I'll use some for breeding but there are still extras. Have a plan to reduce this number: Craigs list, swaps, dinner, etc.

    Hatching is really cool. A super learning experience. THe peep of a pipped egg is a true wonder.

    THe most cost effective is buying pullets if you want egg layers.
  8. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Well I guess I'l order eggs since I got the bator running, but I might as well order chicks once the eggs hatch to fill in spots of the unhatched eggs. Im using an LG and Im probably gona put about 40 or so eggs. Do hatcheries chatge extra for sexing chicks?they probably do....dont they
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    They do not necessarily charge extra for sexing large fowl chicks. They will charge a premium for sexing bantam chicks and only a rare few hatcheries will do this.
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Well, females are more expensive than males, so yes, technically, they do charge extra money for sexing 'em.

    If you don't want to deal with roosters, order pullets only.

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