Getting new chicks this weekend - help!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WillowISA, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. WillowISA

    WillowISA Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so when we got Willow (RIP baby girl) she was kind of sprung on us as a sick chick and we had no idea what we were doing. She did very well for four months, until she became sick again and didn't pull through.

    I am planning on getting two chicks this weekend from here: Jerseychickens.com

    I wanted two good layers of larger eggs (that are also friendly) and think I have settled on the Australorp and the Speckled Sussex. If you suggest something else let me know? Also the hens need to be small - medium sized for the area they're going to have. Don't need a 12 pound chicken running around the neighborhood just in case lol.

    So my real questions are:
    1. Are they good choices? If not suggestions are welcome.
    2. What do I need to do?
    3. I don't know how yound they will be. I'm hoping for 1-2 weeks so that they have a head start this time, would that be ok? If they're younger, I need a detailed how-to list lol.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brown or white Leghorns, get to be about 4.5 pounds, lay white eggs, nice chicken
    Buff Orpington is another favorite, laying brown eggs and weighing 8 lbs.
    Your Australorp will reach about 6.5 lbs, and lays brown, and does well in the winter as well
    One of the best layers, is the Rhode Island Red, weighing 7.5 lbs and is known for its laying ability and also good in the winter.

    A few weeks old is great if you can get what you want at that age...if not, you will be starting out with babies...there is a lot of
    good info here on BYC on starting out..and we are all here to walk you through it, from feed to give, treats, identifying your breeds
    and any other off the wall questions you may have, NO question is stupid when you are trying to keep an animal alive!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=504

    here is a link to posing pics...you need to post/answer 10 times before you can post...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

    here is a link to what treats to give...

    http://smallfarm.about.com/od/farmanimals/a/htraisechicks.htm

    here is a basic link to how to raise baby chicks...there are others here on BYC...anything you need to know is here...


    I hope some of this helps...write down your questions and don't be afraid to ask...
     
  3. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have Speckled Sussex, they are 7 weeks old and they are beautiful, they are quite sweet, yet timid... of course, not all are the same, but mine are really nice!!
     

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