February too early?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beakkeeper, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to order chicks the minute they are available from MPC. Their ship date would be Feb. 23. The reasons I want to receive chicks at this time is a/ I'm on break from school that week and b/ the breeds I want, I am told, sell out fast.

    My question is, is this date too early? I live in MN, and last year we had snow on Easter and into late April. I can keep the birds in the basement for 6 weeks, then the garage for a few weeks, then if necessary, in the coop with a heating element of some sort. Will they be OK, or should I wait for spring break to order?

    (I'm sure you can guess what i want you to say--the earlier the better [​IMG] )
     
  2. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to do the same thing. I think I going to order them and keep them in the house for awhile. I live in NH so i have some of the same issues with snow you do. I want to get them early so they will be laying by summer so i think I am going to just go ahead and order them. Anyway thats what I am going to do i hope it helped
     
  3. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I live in Minnesota too. I would wait until spring because that is what I am doing. I think that I am going to get chickens in April. Well thats what I would do. Hope that helps.


    CFC
     
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Quote:Where in NH are you ?? What breed are you looking for ?
     
  5. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live close to manchester about 15 min outside in Bedford and I am looking for Barred Rocks. Where are you in nh
     
  6. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooooooh! I'd wait. Chicken smell in the house is not for the faint of heart. I had 30 5-week olds in my basement in a closed off area - with an air cleaner machine, no less. Cleaned the brooder daily. The smell was just yucky. I live in Michigan, got my chicks in early May & felt awful putting them outside in June. Remember, we Northerners can have 40-50 degree nights all Spring. Also, it is sooo cute to take some 5 or 6 week olds out to explore the grass. You won't have warm enough weather for that.
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:I will PM you.... I have a whole flock of BR's
     
  8. im a new farmer and i know i have my eggs aready and i live in north california and there living inside though but i dont know if i have to put them outside when the hatch(after there first week)[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sidney, Lived in ur beautiful state 30 years. and
    No... I would keep them in, at least for the first 3 weeks.
    I use a large cardboard box to keep them in
    easy to toss after use.
    no muss, less fuss.
    welcome to BYC
     
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    If you have a way to keep them warm until they can go outside, and don't mind the risk of them getting too cold during shipping, then go for it. [​IMG]
     

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