Can I start chicks this time of year in the Midwest?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DanIndiana, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. DanIndiana

    DanIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're in NW Indiana where it obviously gets rather cold. Can I start chicks this time of year reasonably?
     
  2. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
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    I started a group last year that hatched September 1 ( I am in a cold part of Texas----yes, such a thing does exist [​IMG]) and it was perfect timing, the weather was not too hot but not extremely cool. They all started laying early March.

    I have additions to that flock that will be shipping Sep 1 from Ideal again this year [​IMG] I think it's a good time to start chicks!
     
  3. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    You absolutely can! [​IMG] However, it is understood that they will be in a brooder (with a heat source) for several weeks so they can feather out. I would give them a heat source at night, and on cold days in the winter. Come spring, you will be able to collect eggs! As long as those basic needs are met...food, water, warmth....they will be fine!
     
  4. CricketYang

    CricketYang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say it's NOT too late! My Hova-bator should be arriving any day now in the mail. Do you think anyone could wait till SPRING to hatch some babies out?! Heck no! I'm going to keep the brooder in my master bathroom till they can do outside [​IMG]. My hubby doesn't know that yet though lol. I say go for it and just make sure they stay warm!
     

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