feed store chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by scootermom, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. scootermom

    scootermom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone - my local feed store (Pomona Feed and Fuel, in Pomona, CA) is getting chicks tomorrow, and I plan to get 5-6. Does anyone have any advice how to pick healthy ones? Also, I'm interested in Easter Eggers chicks, do they all have that "mohawk" thing or is there another way to determine the EE chicks from the rest?
     
  2. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Look for active chicks with bright eyes. Not all EEs have the ear tufts. It depends on how they were bred. I'm surprised that they'll have EEs there. Our feed store here in CT where I live carries only the most common breeds. You're lucky! [​IMG] Check out www.feathersite.com and look down the list for their links to chick pics. You should find a picture there. Its a great site.
     
  3. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Yep, stick to the active chicks, no wet butts. Try to watch them for a bit before making a choice.... almost all will run and appear active when you reach in so it can be misleading.

    EE's are a mix and come in all styles/colors/markings...

    Have fun and good luck !!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. scootermom

    scootermom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, CTChickenMom,! They say that they have EE chicks, but I would like to be able to identify them myself. They rambled off a list of the breeds they had, and I know I can't tell the difference between them, as chicks especially. I'll look at the pics on feathersite closely before I go!
     
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    My EE's have green legs and feet. But I'm not sure if any other bread has them. Have fun picking.
     
  6. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Our feed store carries EE's too so I feel lucky. I love my EE's!

    I picked mine last year by their activity level and coloring (I wanted a variety) although a couple of times I picked the ones sitting in the corner all alone because I felt sorry for them. Lol I know, not the smartest thing to do but they turned out to be the best chickens I have! [​IMG]
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scootermom Welcome.
    I too picked mine just buy watching
    them awhile and took home
    the active ones, 2 roos and 4 hens
    now all grown black cochins.
    good layers and good moms..
    sorry cant help with the EEs
     
  8. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The feed store will have them all separated, so don't worry. If they have more then one kind in the cage they will be obviously different & labeled. As in: Red & Black Sex links - pretty obvious who will be who....
     
  9. scootermom

    scootermom Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh! I didn't know they were separate - obvious question though! I pictured a big cheeping bin o' chicks! Thanks!
     
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Depends on the feed store actually. Mine does not keep the chicks separate. They will usually mix two or three breeds together so it can be a real challenge to get the chicks you want!
     

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