chicks for sale and how to take care of them.
some of our chicks October 2012
chicks. A brooder can be anything from a cardboard box to an actual
building depending on the size of your future flock. The area should be
kept clean, dry and draft free.
.5 sq ft per chick initially
.75 sq ft per chick at 6 weeks
1 sq ft per chick at 10 weeks
at least 4 sq ft per adult chicken, but the bigger the better.
An infrared heat lamp will keep your chicks warm. (Red bulbs are best as
they will cause less pecking). Initially the temperature should be 95
degrees and lowered 5 degrees each week until 70 degrees is reached.
When the chicks are fully feathered at about 6 - 8 weeks there is usually
no heat needed unless you live in a very cold climate. Position your lamp
so that it will maintain the proper temperature, yet not pose a threat to
igniting the litter or burning the chicks. The chicks are the best indicators
of whether or not you are providing them with adequate heat. If they are
all huddled together under the lamp you need to increase the heat in the
brooder. If they break off into little groups well outside the lamp, it's too
hot. Ideally your chicks should be feeding and drinking and generally
scattered about the brooder area. Make sure this is enough area that is
not heated for the chicks to get out of the heat also. It is recommended to
have at least two heat lamps, even with a small amount of chicks, just in
case one goes out.
The chicks need food and water. If you get the chicks by mail it is best
that you dip the chicks beaks in their water and feed to initiate them to
their food and water source.
We always add electrolytes and vitamins to the water the first couple of
days. Waterers should "grow" with your birds. At first you need an actual
chicken waterer, later a bowl with water or an automatic water system will
If your chicks get into the waterer, you will need some type with marbles
or small pebbles placed in the waterer to keep them from swimming.
Water is vital to the chicks existence, but being wet is not!
Chicks need some kind of chick starter, after that you can change to a
grower/finisher type feed. When they start laying or are about 18-20
weeks old, you can change to a laying pellet or crumble and scratch.
NEVER FEED SCRATCH TO CHICKS.
What is grit? It is small stones that the bird stores in its gizzard, where
they act like teeth and are used to grind up food. Grit is necessary only if
the chicks have access to grain or other foodstuffs. Chicks on mash or
crumbles don't need it. You can get a chick-sized granite grit through
your feed store or use parakeet grit from the pet store. I sometimes use
old aquarium gravel if it's small enough. Once the chicks are old enough
to be running out on the ground, they don't need it supplied, as they can
pick it up naturally.
Warning: Do NOT give chicks oystershell. It is not grit, it is used to give
laying hens extra calcium for egg-shell production. This extra calcium will
cause bone development problems in young birds.
We feed our laying hens scratch and free choice laying pellets and also
provide them with oystershells once in a while.
We let our chickens out of their pen every afternoon to eat as much grass
and bugs as they want.
|Sorry, we have no chicks available
for sale right now.
will have, Australorp and Barred Rock chicks (lay brown eggs).
colors) available, they are Straight Run (male and females
Taking orders now.
All Chicks for sale hatched on October 24th 2012.
Standard Chicks and Meat Chicks prices per chick/chicken:
prices go up $1 per week between 2 weeks and 3 month old.
The chicks will need to be under a heat lamp until they are fully
feathered at 6 - 8 weeks old. They will start laying eggs at about
5 - 6 months. Meat chicks are ready to butcher between 6 and
8 weeks, we sometimes wait until they are 10 weeks for very
Note: For all Silkies add an additional $1 per chick to the prices
0-2 weeks $4
2 - 3 weeks $5
3 - 4 weeks $6
4 - 5 weeks $7
5 - 6 weeks $8
6 - 7 weeks $9
7 - 8 weeks $10
8 - 9 weeks $11
9 - 10 weeks $12
10 - 11 weeks $13
11 - 12 weeks $14
12 - 14 weeks $15
over 14 weeks $16
over 4 months $17
over 5 months $18
over 6 months $20
Female silkies over 6 month old will be sold as pairs
only, one female and one male for $30/per pair. Silkie
Roosters over 14 weeks will be $15.
When we order only pullets, there might be a small chance that
some of the chicks are males. Over the years, we may have gotten 1
male every 100 females we order.
All Silkies are straight run (male and female mixed) and are $1 more
All Meat chicks are straight run (male and female mixed).