When you buy say 30 chicks is it normal to have high loses

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 007Dawn, May 2, 2009.

  1. 007Dawn

    007Dawn Out Of Coop

    Apr 29, 2009
    Is it normal to lose what percentage of your chicks; providing they are getting the starter feed, given plenty of warmth and water.

    Just curiouse.

    Thank you.
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    If you hatch your own none. If you buy them from a good feed store after they've recovered from shipping close to none. If your getting shipped then a couple to all depending how bad of trip they had.
  3. 007Dawn

    007Dawn Out Of Coop

    Apr 29, 2009
    Interesting! We had bought about 19 chicks from one girl and we have only 4 left from that batch. The second batch we bought we got 9 and we have not lost any of them.

    I had a feeling it was from her coupe for whatever we lost so many but my husband said that wasn't true. [​IMG]
  4. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    We've only ordered twice, and had minimal loses... Last year, we ordered twenty-five, and only two died, the first week. This year, we ordered forty, and one has died in the first week.

    We've gotten ours from McMurray.
  5. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I've had 27 chicks and lost none. i've had 26 chicks and lost none. all shipped in the dead cold of winter.

    So... no. its not normal to me.

    Well i lost gimpy chick, but that was due to pecking, not failure to thrive.
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  6. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:This season I received 2 shipments of one day old chicks.

    27 from a hatchery and 32 from a breeder.

    They all came alive and strong, have not lost one so far 3rd month going.

    I believe that buying live chicks is cheaper and less trouble on end than buying hatching eggs.

    I only buy eggs of breeds that are unavailable as day old chicks.
  7. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Quote:That's not normal at all. Something is going wrong.
  8. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I agree something is wrong with that.

    I bought 15 from a feed store and had no casualties.
    I mail ordered 11 and had 1 die after 48 hours.
    I hatched 7 of my own and lost none.
    I would say it is not normal to have a high loss.
  9. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    If your buying chicks locally that have not been shipped I would expect the same survival rate as hatching your own. That being only an occasional chick with a genetic or hatching problem dying maybe every couple batches. If lots are dying someone made a mistake somewhere.
  10. waibel zoo

    waibel zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sandy, UT
    What breed of chicken? I have only lost Polish. Never cochins or silkies, just Polish. I have lost 3 out of 6 that I got from the feed store that came via mail. I also have 4 other Polish I got locally and none have died. Big losses are worrisome.

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