Chick Report 2017

The chickens are coming! The chickens are coming!

Below is our 2017 schedule of their anticipated arrival dates and the breeds. Wednesdays are hatch days and usually the chicks arrive on Fridays. Since hatching is not an exact science and the schedule could change, please call the store before coming in.

Pullets = all female chicks; Straight Runs = unsexed chicks

Download the calendar

Backyard guide to chickens and poultry

 

Friday, March 31

  • Golden Sex Link Pullets
  • Bantam Special Straight Runs

Friday, April 7

  • Golden Sex Link Pullets
  • Silkie Bantam Straight Runs

Friday, April 14

  • Golden Sex Link Pullets

Friday, April 21

  • Golden Sex Link Pullets  *None coming this date, please get your Goldens earlier in April!
  • White Leghorn Pullets
  • Black Sex Link Pullets
  • Rhode Island Red Pullets
  • Barred Rock Pullets
  • Black Australorp Pullets *poor hatch at the hatchery, will be delivered on April 28th unless they have another poor hatch
  • Buff Orpington Pullets
  • Ameraucana Pullets

Friday, April 28

  • Brown Leghorn Pullets
  • Black Sex Link Pullets
  • New Hampshire Red Pullets
  • Black Australorp Pullets
  • Silver Wyandotte Pullets
  • Ameraucana Pullets
  • Buff Brahma Pullets
  • Light Brahma Pullets

Friday, May 5

  • Black Sex Link Pullets
  • Rhode Island Red Pullets
  • Barred Rock Pullets
  • Buff Orpington Pullets
  • Ameraucana Pullets
  • Dominique Pullets
  • Standard Assorted Cochin Pullets
  • Cuckoo Maran Pullets

Friday, May 12

  • Black Sex Link Pullets
  • Rhode Island Red Pullets
  • Barred Rock Pullets
  • Buff Orpington Pullets
  • Ameraucana Pullets
  • Dominique Pullets

Fridays after May 12th – More dates will be added after this as needed, until all of our customers are satisfied.

It is wise for new chicken owners to wait until at least mid-April to get their first flock because it is hard to keep chickens warm earlier in the season, meaning they will have to remain indoors for a longer period of time.

Chicken notes:

We order all pullets when available, which grow into hens. If you would like a particular breed of rooster chick, it can be added most any week. Call the store for information. “Straight Run” orders mean the chicks were not sexed and they will grow up to be hens and roosters, but we have no way of knowing which ones are which at that young age.

All chicks are available on a first come, first served basis, unless you want special-ordered roosters or meat chickens. Don’t worry if you miss a week, there will be more chicks.

Chickens are social creatures. We recommend purchasing no fewer than three chicks to create a family unit. This makes for happy and healthy chicks.

If you’re new to backyard chicks, review our advice for raising chickens and other poultry sheet for answers to frequently asked questions.

Chickens are farm animals and some will die. Children should be prepared for that possibility. A word to the wise: hold off on naming the chicks right away.

We receive all chicks certified disease-free. Chicks must be treated gently for several weeks.