Below is our 2018 schedule of their anticipated arrival dates and the breeds. Wednesdays are hatch days and usually the chicks arrive early on Friday mornings. 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
Friday, April 6th
Friday, April 13th
Friday, April 20th
Friday, April 27th
***Fridays after April 27th – More dates will be added as needed, until all of our customers are satisfied. We plan to add May delivery dates in mid-April when we are best able to gauge which breeds are in highest demand!
This is the largest and widest availability our hatchery has ever provided in April, so we have ordered heavily for this month so that customers are more likely able to pick up multiple breeds in one week. This proves that raising backyard chickens is a hobby continuously growing in popularity!!
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 telling them apart at that young age. If the hatcheries (who are the experts) could sex these breeds accurately, they would do so!
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 guide 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. They are all vaccinated for Marek’s Disease.
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