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
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.
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.
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