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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769472
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Buy your meat chicks at TSC or any other feed store if you are going to eat them, that way you know how they have been fed. To grow them properly you have to change protein content in feed as they grow.

Layers buy 20 week started pullets if you can, you get eggs pretty quickly. If you buy Golden Buffs or red Sex link and feed them right you should get 300 eggs/bird the 1st year. After 1 year production start dropping, sell them on Craigslist or Marketplace.for better than half of what you pay for them and start over.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769482
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My three hens (two Buff Orpingtons and some other thing I hatched from ebay...),just started laying in December, and I get two,or three eggs a day. I want to hatch some of their eggs again this spring for some meat birds, and maybe another hen, or two. I pretty much get enough eggs for my needs. But a few more cant hurt.

I pretty much have Easter covered. smile

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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: yukonjeff] #6769496
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Originally Posted by yukonjeff
My three hens (two Buff Orpingtons and some other thing I hatched from ebay...),just started laying in December, and I get two,or three eggs a day. I want to hatch some of their eggs again this spring for some meat birds, and maybe another hen, or two. I pretty much get enough eggs for my needs. But a few more cant hurt.

I pretty much have Easter covered. smile

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Which rooster do you have?


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: Dans] #6769502
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Originally Posted by Dans
Buy your meat chicks at TSC or any other feed store if you are going to eat them, that way you know how they have been fed. To grow them properly you have to change protein content in feed as they grow.

Layers buy 20 week started pullets if you can, you get eggs pretty quickly. If you buy Golden Buffs or red Sex link and feed them right you should get 300 eggs/bird the 1st year. After 1 year production start dropping, sell them on Craigslist or Marketplace.for better than half of what you pay for them and start over.


The Saphire Gems are sex link birds....they lay up to 290 eggs...but Im not getting pullets.


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769535
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My Rooster is a big friendly Buff Orpington.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: yukonjeff] #6769544
02/13/20 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by yukonjeff
My Rooster is a big friendly Buff Orpington.

Thats Cool !!!

Nice bird!!! Mine are always mean


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769776
02/14/20 08:34 AM
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I ordered through farm and fleet who gets their chicks through cackle hatchery. last year we ordered a surprise box that had 48 birds of a bunch of different breeds. this year we pre ordered 20 chicks 5 golden comets, 5 speckled Sussex, 5 red sex link and 5 black sex links. when farm and fleet gets the chicks they will have for sale at the store we are buying 20 more 5 cinnamon queens, 5 brown leghorns, 5 easter eggers, and 5 Delaware. we will also raise 25-30 cronish cross for meat. im fortunate to have a good customer base for farm fresh eggs at work and can easily sell 30 - 40 dozen a week. oh and out of the 48 birds I got in the surprise box from last year I got 39 hens I was amazed at that considering it was 79.99 free shipping. we currently have 18 chicken eggs in the bator and 17 duck eggs as well. the kiddos love the hatching and not a day goes by that they are not checking on the eggs making sure temp and humidity are at the correct settings. so adding 40 hen chicks and whatever hens we hatch ourselves and roosters will be butchered unless we get some crazy cool looking ones which happens when you have a large mixed flock. we have 7 roosters now and they all seem to get along fine and do their job so they will get to stay around another year until one gets mean then he goes in the soup pot.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769787
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the banties i hatch and sell more than cover my meat and layer costs. wink


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769808
02/14/20 09:13 AM
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Awesome...Ive only ever done single breed for two years...and then New choice.
This year Ill try 2 breeds.


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769827
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You guys selling eggs......how much per doz? I get $2.50......or $5 for 2 doz. Sell all I have for that.

Next question.........seems to me that hobby trapping next to a chicken house is like shooting fish in a barrel. How many of you trap near the chickens?

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769833
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No brainer to me! Both......Get your order in for the Sapphire gems and then go buy some locally! I would support both. The Lord will bless you along the way and you will enjoy what you want. We are not talking about buying a new truck or tractor - get out there and live life a little more - splurge the extra 50-100 and just get both.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769835
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BTW, I'm also in the camp that buys day old chicks (mine are Cackle chicks from the local feed store........they add my birds to their order). Usually around April 1st. I then brooder and raise them.........the get socialized to me that way. They will start laying around Sep 1st, old birds (about 28 months by then) are put on Craigslist.

Birds have about 700 eggs in them when born. They will put out 500 or so in that time, and after that, laying slows down. So they go and get replaced by new birds. First year pullets don't drop off much the first winter. I'm tending neighbor's 5 birds for a few weeks and they are cranking out 3 to 4 per day........and have been since September.

I have no roosters at all. Don't want any either.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6769890
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Free lunch coffee and save $40.00 . Being really cheap WAIT. Use the time to keep deciding on birds.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: HayDay] #6769993
02/14/20 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by HayDay
BTW, I'm also in the camp that buys day old chicks (mine are Cackle chicks from the local feed store........they add my birds to their order). Usually around April 1st. I then brooder and raise them.........the get socialized to me that way. They will start laying around Sep 1st, old birds (about 28 months by then) are put

Exactly what I Do^^^

But I have a rooster!


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: TreedaBlackdog] #6769994
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Originally Posted by TreedaBlackdog
No brainer to me! Both......Get your order in for the Sapphire gems and then go buy some locally! I would support both. The Lord will bless you along the way and you will enjoy what you want. We are not talking about buying a new truck or tractor - get out there and live life a little more - splurge the extra 50-100 and just get both.

Thanks Ill do that!


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: Coon Duke] #6770067
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Originally Posted by Coon Duke
I have one Black Jersey Giant rooster and he is awesome. Friendliest rooster I ever had and big and gorgeous.

I have one also.

Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6770106
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The Plymouth Rock Rooster We have is One Mean Bird!


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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6770129
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
The Plymouth Rock Rooster We have is One Mean Bird!



Yep had to sandal train the one I had standing in the mud with a sandal in hand must of been a sight to see with him walking sideways a bit, never had a problem after that good whack just the occasional “bring it” flap they give you now and then.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: " Chick Days " To wait or Not Wait???? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6770132
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
The Plymouth Rock Rooster We have is One Mean Bird!

When my kids were shavers, my sons job was to protect his older sister when they gathered eggs as one of their chores. He was the best guardian ever and we had a mean Wyandot rooster. Well one day the rooster went to far and my boy whipped his butt, but had scratches on his arms. That was it, I went out to the barn and we had chicken for supper that night. Then the only roosters we had were a buff and a comet, they were good ole boys. One day I'll tell ya about the wild black australorps lol.


I wonder if tap dancers walk into a room, look at the floor, and think, I'd tap that. I wonder about things.....
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