About how old are baby chicks by the time you get them from the feed store? Any ideas? And how long would they keep them? I never seen any that are at the feathering stage. What do they do with them if they don't sell them?
I got my EE's at the feed store right before easter and they already started feathering. The owner was just doing it for easter though. I went to a different feed store for my silkies, and those had to be a day old only.
well.................... If you figure by the time they get them boxed up one day is gone. One day from pick up to delivery to feed store. Unless first person who sees them buys them all. You are look at 3 days old an up.
I was just trying to figure out how old my chicks are. (Not that the difference of a few days would matter much.) I got them the thursday before easter (3/20). And they had maybe just a couple of tiny wing-tip feathers. So they may have been three or four days old then, right?
That sounds right 3-4 days. I imagine they got them in that week for Easter.
I know the feed store closest to me offers a "free" chick after Easter to get rid of theirs. I say free, because of course they give you the chick and then try to charge $4 for a 5lb bag of start and grow plus sell ya a feeder and water er too. Even if you don't purchase those things they will still give it to you though. I just don't think that many people who take them have what they need to care for them so it is a little sad.
Our feedstore gets them in every Thursday (very mild climate) and they are hatched on Wednesday. The hatchery is close by, and you can even special order and get one-day old chicks the following Thursday (provided you gave a few days heads-up). Ours were total fuzz balls and had no feathers to speak of for two or three days after we got them.
I'm going to call them and see if they have free chicks!