Getting back in the swing of things

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by riverlane91, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. riverlane91

    riverlane91 In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2014
    Hello everyone! I was at a friends, and she is a HUGE chicken lover. I spent a few minutes with her chickens and decided, yup, its time to get chickens again! So, I joined your flock today! I have a recipe for a great coop to build. Last time we had chickens, it worked out great. We have the coop already, we are just going to need to fence it in. With the ground still being cold and difficult to dig through, it will take all of march to build the fence. I am wondering if I should get full size chickens, or if I should try to raise some chicks. I have never raised chicks before and am not sure when the best time to buy them would be. I want my chickens to be friendly, and I know that by raising them from chicks, they will have a better chance of being friendly. But, I have also tossed around the idea of buying "nice" breeds.... any thoughts?

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Do what makes you feel comfortable.

    Neither baby chicks or adult chickens are that much work, in my opinion. If you go the chick route, have them shipped or pick them up sometime in the beginning of March. They'll need to be under a heat lamp for 4-6 weeks (depending on where you live), so that should give you plenty of time to get the fence up. If you're planning on ordering from a hatchery, you may want to call ahead and place your order now. Some breeds sell out fast and have a pretty long waiting list, so you'll want to get in there early to get what you want.

    A big [​IMG] and best wishes on your new adventure!
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