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Which is best, hatching chicks In early spring so they start laying before winter or hatching chicks later so they start laying the following spring?

christmasdiane
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Wait until after the last frosts.
1. If a hen becomes broody and you put eggs and its too cold chances are it will only last a few days. She will want to perch with the other to keep herself warm. I have had three hens go broody in the last two weeks and are now no longer broody.
2.If you do get a successful hatch ,temperature fluctuations are more than likely to result in a very high percentage of males. There is scientific evidence out there somewhere to back this up.It is more probable with incubator hatched.
3.Chicks grow more slowly in colder weather.So your feeding more to for faster growth rate.
4.With incubator hatched chicks they are in a brooder for longer when its cold.
So wait until late spring to hatch They will probably be laying well in six months anyway.

roostercroweburn
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Great advice, thanks

christmasdiane
Friday, January 31st, 2020


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