Assessing the age of chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iPringle, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. iPringle

    iPringle Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2017
    Central Virginia
    We bought eight chicks last Saturday from Tractor Supply. Four black Australorps and 4 New Hampshire's. I didn't think to ask about the age of the chicks when I bought them, and now I'm reading about different stages in their development and when to do what with them and I'm realizing I wish I knew how old they were when I purchased them.

    This is a picture of them the day we bought them, so now they've been with us almost a week. Any idea how old the chicks are from Tractor Supply? Or how old they are from this picture? Or even a handy chart to assess age based on size?


    We have them on some organic feed we bought from Purina, but once that runs low I want to switch them to my own home grain feed mix and I need to know their approximate age in order to get the protein levels correct.
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    A photo outside the brooder away from the red light and closeup of rumps and wings will give us a better shot at telling you their age. That photo doesn't show these necessary details.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They look to be around a week from wing feathers.
    Farm store birds are usually 2-3 days old to maybe a week.
    I wouldn't sweat it too much, a few days won't matter.

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