Can you believe it is that time again to start ordering chicks for the 2012 season? Have you already ordered? There are some great hatcheries out there. Where do you get yours from and when?
Here in north Alabama we usually get the first batch in mid-Feb and they leave the brooder and go to pasture when we get a few warm days in early to mid March. Sometimes I even put a heat lamp on them for the first couple of night on pasture. The mortality rate is usually higher on the early and late (October chicks) birds so I am inclined to wait a couple of weeks.Last year the wheels fell off everything for us poultry wise. The economy hurt our business. I think we may skip poultry sales this year and just raise a few pens for home use. Stanley
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We get ours from Mt Healthy Hatcheries near Cincinnati. While there are other hatcheries offering a better selection this one is within driving distance for us so we can pick up our birds and they avoid the stressful couple of days in the mail system. So our birds have a very very low mortality rate (under 1% unless some predator gets to them which happens every few years)