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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by casumm, May 27, 2010.

  1. casumm

    casumm In the Brooder

    May 27, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    New member and first time poster here.

    We have a brooder. We have a plan for the coop & run. What we don't have is the chicks! I think we want 3 (4 tops!, no roos) for pets/eggs. We live on a fairly small, urban lot so I don't want to go overboard.

    I'm ordering from MBO to get a small quantity. Do I order just 3 and hope for the best? Do I order more, just in case?

    Any advice would be helpful so I can get my order in soon!


    (P.S. I'm looking at Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers, primarily.)

  2. triggfamily5

    triggfamily5 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Moorcroft, WY
    Following the law of chicken math, order more just in case [​IMG] You might have to cover for death or roos... and this is how the addiction starts [​IMG]

  3. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    Quote:So true...so true
  4. Contessa

    Contessa In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2010
    Bethany, OK
    If you can go somewhere local and get chicks you might consider that as a good option. We were told to get more than we wanted (which was 4) so we picked up 6 from a farm and tack shop. I chose birds that I noticed as active and by the food or water. All of them lived.

    Good luck.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers are BOTH good for starting a very small flock. You'll like 'em both. Order 4, two each. That way, IF something untoward happens to one, you'll have a spare of that breed.

    OR go to a local feed store for the same. Matter of fact, try a feed store first, and if you can't get what you want, then order from a hatchery.
  6. pfenning_pfarm

    pfenning_pfarm In the Brooder

    May 15, 2010
    We found ours off of craigs list, we originally were only going to get 4....then decided on 6...we have 8,lol. But we also live in a fairly rural area, well half and half, vermont is a strange place. So there were lots of listings. I am thrilled with the results, and the folks we got them from are chicken lovers, gave some great advice, we super friendly AND told us if we got any roos we could bring them back. Now THAT is a deal! Not sure how it would work where you live though, however may be a good alternative to ordering from the hatchery. Good luck!
  7. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    a few weeks ago i ordered only 6 chicks and they all came fine and a few days ago i ordered 25 and their was only 1 dead one.

  8. casumm

    casumm In the Brooder

    May 27, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    Thank you all for the tips and support!!! I did it and I am *SO* excited right now. [​IMG] Two baby easter eggers and two baby barred rocks are coming to make their home here soon. (I wish finding them locally would have been an option.) Seems like this holiday weekend might be a good time to get started on the awesome chicken tractor they will live in.

    P.S. My 3-year-old son has already picked out their names. He says they will be called "Rita", "Maxine" (but Mac for short, NOT Max) and "Just Chicken" (maybe we'll shorten that to J.C.). Since I tossed in the 4th chicken for luck, I'm reserving the right to name her. [​IMG]
  9. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    we were orginally going for only the two that came with the house, then on a monday went to feed store for stuff for those two, and came home with 5 more. That friday while back at the feed store for more stuff for the babies, brought home 4 more.3 weeks later i get dragged to go look at babies at a friends farm...but wait they havent hatched yet so lets get 5 full grown birds. fast forward 2 weeks until the friday when all my little brooder babies go outside. and some how that sunday i have seven more in a brooder. when this addiction hits. it hits hard and fast. less than a month and weve gone from "just these two" to TWENTY TWO. worst part is im in the military and im due to move in october.... hope they have friendly laws whereever we go or ill be an outlaw.

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