so my wife and I decided to raise egg laying chickens, I'm ordering a 16x10 cedar shed that 2/3's will be for the chickens and I'll have a large run. I'm thinking of ordering 10 to 15 chicks and was wondering when I should get order/get them.
The shed will be built in 6 to 8 weeks and was going to chichen-ify the shed before snow flies this year. I was thinking of raising the new chicks in the spring in my cellar and them introduce the young pullets to the coop in the warmer weather.
I was thinking of ordering from Meyers hatchery and want to minimize DOA chicks due to cold weather (I'm from Northeast Massachusetts) but I don't want to wait too long into the spring to order.
When would be a good time to order that would minimize DOA chicks due to cold temps (I know Meyers adds heat packs to the shipments)?
I'm planning on getting:
4 Black Australorps (egg layer)
2 Barred Rocks (egg layer)
2 New Hampshire reds (maybe) (egg layer)
2 speckled sussux (maybe) (egg layer)
3 cochins (blue, partridge, silver laced) (pets I think) };-)
Edited by larrypeck - 9/24/15 at 2:44pm