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Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby GBov » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:48 pm


The one recommended to me - the name escapes me for the moment - is out and no projected availability dates so am open to suggestions as to where to get good meat chicks.

As we are now going to be forced to live in Florida for the next 5 years (yes, we have now lost our relocation case :( ) we may as well have some good chicken.

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:18 pm


meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby JessicaR » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:18 am


I use Meyer's hatchery, for both layers and meat birds I have always had good success with them. I am lucky to be able to drive there to pick up my birds so I don't have to worry about shipping charges.

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby GBov » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:30 am


Thank you very much!!! I always know the help I need will found right here. :D

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Nymphadora » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:10 pm


I'm so glad you guys have had good experiences with Meyer!

We're hoping to add chickens to our home in the next year, and I think I'm going with Meyer based on the available breeds and affordability. It's reassuring "knowing" people that have had good success with them. :oops:

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Homer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:01 am


I've used Ideal a few times and had very good luck. Their prices are pretty darn good and they don't beat you to death on shipping. :)

Juat looked and they have "assortments" available for pullets and heavies right now. $2.71 ea. White layers $2.81

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby GBov » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:08 am


Other than being slightly slower, is there any advantage to getting meat roosters over hens, hens are cheaper.

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Nymphadora » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:52 pm


GBov wrote:Other than being slightly slower, is there any advantage to getting meat roosters over hens, hens are cheaper.

What?! :shock:

Usually the hens are more because of the egg-laying component (more in demand), at least any time I've looked...

If hens are cheaper on Meyer, I'm definitely going with them! :P

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Post Number:#9  Unread postby GBov » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:55 pm


Just put in my order for straight run so I can see myself the difference. They were about $6 more for 25 straight run rather than hens but worth it perhaps.

They will be here the first week in January *sigh* so no homegrown Christmas chicken.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:08 pm


for meat chickens, I get better [faster] growth with roosters.
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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#11  Unread postby GBov » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:41 pm


michaels4gardens wrote:for meat chickens, I get better [faster] growth with roosters.


I did think that but we like the taste of hens better. Then again, they live such a short time, it most likely doesn't matter.

Anyway, the deed is done.

Now to remember they are coming and be ready! It is a few weeks away, after all! :lol:

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#12  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:13 pm


GBov wrote:
michaels4gardens wrote:for meat chickens, I get better [faster] growth with roosters.


I did think that but we like the taste of hens better. Then again, they live such a short time, it most likely doesn't matter.

Anyway, the deed is done.

Now to remember they are coming and be ready! It is a few weeks away, after all! :lol:


with these birds-- it is not much of a difference in growth rate anyway...

Quote "Feed Recommendations: Meyer Hatchery recommends feeding your baby chicks 12 hours ON and 12 hours OFF starting at 3 weeks of age. This helps minimize the risk of heart and leg issues that can come with too rapid of growth. Feed 20% protein medicated chick starter for the first 3 weeks, then finish with an unmedicated 18% grower/broiler feed. Meyer recommends processing these birds at 7 to 9 weeks of age."
I have had problems in the past with these birds growing too fast for their bone structure...
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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#13  Unread postby GBov » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:29 pm


Good to know about feed restriction, having only ever tried feed store meat chicks, having the real deal, at last, will be a totally new thing. :D

Now to lay in a stock of feed to be ready for them. And turn the defunct fridge into another brooder as the other one is now full of meal worms.

Have I done a post about fridge brooders? Put the fridge on its back after taking the doors off, cut a doorway between freezer and fridge, bed both deep in shavings and put the heat lamp in the freezer side. Cover with something mostly solid like planks to keep the heat in while allowing air in and out and put the food and water in the fridge side.

This allows the chicks to regulate their own heating needs.

It has worked super for normal breeds of chickens but not sure how the meaties will do, shall have to wait and see.

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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#14  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:37 am


wow...great idea, I had not either seen, or heard of this...
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Re: Hatchery Meat Chick Suggestions?

Post Number:#15  Unread postby GBov » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:08 pm


michaels4gardens wrote:wow...great idea, I had not either seen, or heard of this...


I invented it :D but I am sure other people have as well. :lol:

25 to 30 is about as many as fit comfortably and by about day 5 I put the water up onto a block to keep the shavings dryer.

Works a treat.

I was going to just try an open section of my chicken pen for these but as it will be Jan. I think they will need the extra protection.

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There are pictures of the fridge brooder here. :D

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