Day olds in August?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by P-Funk, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    The feed store is getting a new batch of day olds soon. I would love to add some, but in August? My other two 'flocks' were raised in a big tub in the over-sized laundry room until big enough for the coop. The Colorado winters here @ 7000' can be brutal, but there are always nice warm days stuck in between to go out and play. Let me know if it's a bad idea to raise, say 5 more, in the fall. Thanks
  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    A lot of people raise chicks in the fall. They will pretty much be in full egg production when spring arrives. Your babies should be feathered in nicely before any real cold sets in and as long as they have shelter, they should do well. [​IMG]
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree. I think it is in many ways, better than the typical spring chicken raising. They are young and vigorous and virtually full grown by Christmas and handle the winter very well. Laying commences in late winter/early spring. I think it an excellent time.
  4. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Thanks for the encouragement [​IMG] After reading your posts I started making a new lid for the brooder. There's an empty stall in the heated barn now so if they get to be too much in the house I can stick them out there. I just found a first egg [​IMG] but that's another topic.
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I raise chicks pretty much year round, but I love hatching them in the summer and fall because I don't have to use an artificial light source for heat. By the time it gets cold, they will be big enough to fend for themselves. [​IMG]

    Also - for you, since you have a much colder winter, I would suggest you get a breed that is known for his cold hardiness, such as a Wyandotte (and others).
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

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