Disadvantages of buying 4 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by littleandlewis, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. littleandlewis

    littleandlewis Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2011
    I am looking to start a very small flock of Australorps. Our feed store should have some day old chicks in a few weeks. Meanwhile I found a hatchery that would ship 4 week old chicks. ( The price of course is quite a bit more)

    Wondering if there are disadvantages to buying older chicks? ie not as friendly or docile, etc.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    in my own personal experience I've bought 4 week Olds before because they were Silkies and I've waited for D.N.A. sexing results. I had no issues with them being a little bit older. in fact, they are less fragile then hatchlings. and less needy. Heat wise ect.I honestly can't say there were any disadvantages except perhaps being vaccinated for Mareks at a day old. at 4 weeks it's too late for that. But other than that it was more a advantage than disadvantage. hope this helps a bit. :)
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016

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