Are 1-2 week old chciks OK to buy instead of day olds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kiwiegg, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Morning all!

    I may have the opportunity to pick up 1-2 week old chicks from the hatchery this week, it's not much of a drive from here - the 3 breeds I'm wanting are Stars, Americanas and Buff Orpingtons (unless that is a bad combo???) Please tell me if this is a bad idea or if there are implications in doing this instead of buying day-olds.

    Thank you!
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    The only thing available at our local feed store is 2-week-olds, and we have never had any problems. Those breeds seem okay.
     
  3. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Delta!
     
  4. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see nothing wrong with getting week old chicks as long as they are not shipped. The breeds you selected sound fine together also.
     
  5. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Apyl....man I'm excited....[​IMG]
     
  6. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    I love picking chicks up straight from the feed store, I get to pick the ones I want. I've usually got no clue what I'm doing when I do that, but it's a bit of fun nonetheless!
     
  7. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will be a little less nerve wrecking the day olds. Might take a little longer to get them used to interacting with them but they are still young. Mine didn't like being handled the first few weeks anyway.
     

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