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Buying TSC Chicks Monday!!! Questions to ask and what to look for.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lots A Cluckin, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have never owned chickens before (I have the whole story with often updates about my chicken journey in my journal, the link is below in my signature) and I am planing on getting several chicks at Tractor Supply Co. on Monday morning as soon as they open because that is when they are getting a new shipment in. And if any of you guys have ever bought chicks from there what should I expect? what questions should I ask about the chicks? what do I need to look out for as far as sicknesses...and also what to look for between roo or hen (like wings head legs beak?)
     
  2. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've bought chicks from TSC several times. They get their chicks from Mt. Healthy. Every week a different variety comes in. Some varieties are sexed & are usually $2.69 The straight run are usually $1.99 They have a fence around the bins now & you are not allowed to pick them out by yourself. It has been this way for 2 years now. I cannot sex st. run on day 2 when they come in by wing sexing, but at around days 4-5 they will grow wing feathers but then you might miss your breed by waiting. They do go fast & they never know what breed is coming in the next week. One short row of feathers on the wing is a roo. If there are two rows forming, one shorter than the other over lapping it is a hen. What you need is a worker willing to check for you or let you check as they are put in the box. I got a dozen aracauna's last week from them & they were too young since I got them date of delivery but I took a chance & have 9 hens & 3 roos which isnt bad. Dont forget to look for pasty butt. I pass on them
     
  3. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was able to pick mine out of the bins after being let in by the manager ;)

    Congrats on your new babies coming!!! Any in particular you are hoping for?
     
  4. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the info...helped alot [​IMG]
     
  5. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks...I am hoping for Rhode Island Reds, Orpingtons, and I might get a Silkie if they have any more [​IMG]
     
  6. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have gotten all of my chicks from TSC and www.Mthealthy.com They are good about what they sell and i have never had any problems. follow the directions for the chicks and you will have great success. if you don't mind waiting though or if you have a specific breed you want depending on the size i would order straight from the hatchery. you could even set up the date for this wednesday. just a suggestion. good luck with your chicks [​IMG]
     
  7. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Each week the have 3-4 varieties. Call ahead & see if they have what you want & ask how many are left
     
  8. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh! Good breeds! The RIR's will be in the red pullet bin (at least they are at my TSC) Do you know what they look like? They look a lot like the others.

    What day does your TSC get their chick shipments? Mine gets them on Wednesday. The "featured" breeds are usually gone by Thursday, so whatever day your TSC gets their shipment go there THAT DAY! I was looking at getting Wyandottes last week. They got them Wednesday morning. I went in Thursday at around noon and they were gone. (But I got orpingtons at Lone Star, so [​IMG])

    Absolutely call ahead! (as previously suggested lichick28) And don't forget to check with other feed stores if TSC doesn't have the breeds you want.
     
  9. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    They no longer get they from MT Healthy, at least not here in Ohio. They now get them from towline hatchery in Michigan
     
  10. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TSC in Pa. gets them from Mt. Healthy. I just got Tetra Tint from TSC last week and they didnt know any thing about them so they gave me Mt Healthy # to call for info. & Mt healthy didnt say other wise
     

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