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time of year to start with chicks?

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We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first chicks in early September (we will be away most of the summer which is why we are waiting).  We just heard that that time of year is not ideal for starting chicks, something to do with their molting cycle.  Any thoughts on this?  Will late July, early August make a big difference?

Thank you!

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IMHO, it depends on what part of the country you live....when heat subsides, cold sets in, etc. I would at least like to have them feathered enought to go outside before it starts freezing. The transition would be easier on them.

 

However, that being said, chickens have existed without our interference for quite some time wink.png I tend to be over-protective with my chicks!

North Central TX native, serving my country in the USAF. Member of the BBSAI, raising registered Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.

Working on a small flock of quality Salmon Favorelles, 4 French Marans :-D

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North Central TX native, serving my country in the USAF. Member of the BBSAI, raising registered Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.

Working on a small flock of quality Salmon Favorelles, 4 French Marans :-D

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Thanks!  We are in Massachusetts, outside of Boston.

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Oh yeah, if ya'll have nice fall weather, not too cold, it should be a fine time to start some chicks!

North Central TX native, serving my country in the USAF. Member of the BBSAI, raising registered Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.

Working on a small flock of quality Salmon Favorelles, 4 French Marans :-D

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North Central TX native, serving my country in the USAF. Member of the BBSAI, raising registered Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.

Working on a small flock of quality Salmon Favorelles, 4 French Marans :-D

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There is no wrong time to hatch chicks. That said, from a practical standpoint, heated waterbowls, extra heat lamps... North of 84 is colder than south... just kidding ;)

 

Getting them to 3-4 weeks old is the only issue. I raised them in the basement, but only until I got my trailer/Brooder set up. I took a utility trailer (learned it here BTW), boxed in 3 sides with a door, wired the top with fencing, tarped it, added 2 heat lamps and 2 5 gallon bucket waterers with nipples ( I raise more than 100 at a time), put in the wood shavings and voila! All set to raise them. If it is really cold they stay in the brooder til 4 even 5 weeks. If it is really really cold, the brooder comes into the barn or garage.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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