So I'll be going to a farm Sunday the 11th, and I already have my breeds and the money I'll need selected. I have the feed, the box, the waterer and feeder, just need the pine shavings and the chicks! BUT.. there's one problem. I can't afford to deal with sick chicks/potentially future sick chicks. I've been nonstop researching, so I know what not and what to do with caring for them, but I just can't find a good article on how to pick the healthy chicks, and how to spot the not so healthy chicks.
It would also be nice to know how to tell if the chick will be friendly if that's possible, and how to check if the chick is a boy or girl.
I know it's called vent checking, and checking the wing feathers but I want to know how to do it, how to hold the chick, etc.
Advice on chick caring would be helpful as well, and how to handle them on the ride home.
(4-5 hour ride home, going out of my way for these rare breeds! and during a packer game straight through green bay too yeesh)
The breeds I'm taking home incase specific problems/mutations for breeds are an issue:
Blue Splash Maran
Blue Double Laced Barnevelder
Black Copper Maran