Got 6 "free" chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jtbrown, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I happened into our local farm store last Friday morning, just as always to "see what they have" now that chicks are here. I am somewhat of a regular, so they spoke when I walked in. One of the guys came up and said, "you want some chicks?" I smiled, well, I am just here looking to see if there is something I can't live without is what I told him.

    He said, "No, really, do you want some chicks, I have a couple that have been picked on and I can't sell them, and I need to get rid of them before they die." Hmmmm, I thought, what kind are they? And did you know these ones over here are also picking on each other. All in all, I walked out with 6 totally free White leghorns.

    I know, leghorns - supposed to be crazy birds, but I have wanted a couple just to try them out. Last year I got 2 that were supposed to be leghorns that ended up being two very nice white rocks.

    So, I have got my leghorns. I got them fixed up, polysporin on the feather picked, bloodied areas. I put them on a seedling heat mat covered with shavings for a few days set at 95 degrees and kept them away from bright light (still were eating/drinking, etc) that seemed to break the pecking issue. Now they are under a red lamp and doing well. They stopped picking, the wounds healed and I have 6 healthy peeps (I added some tetra tints since I had the brooder set up, just to be economical of course!LOL).

    Just had to share!
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington

    Awesome! Happy the babies have a caring hand and you got an awesome deal!
  3. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I forgot to add -- they were from the pullet bin too. I have not always had the best of luck with the sexed chicks, so not keeping my hopes up. Seems like I typically get the ones that are the small percentage of "error" and are males, but oh well, we can deal with it if males. I am happy to have them too.
  4. Kay1993

    Kay1993 In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2013
    Those are some very lucky chicks [​IMG]
  5. QuietPony

    QuietPony Chirping

    Aww! Rescue chickens! [​IMG]


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