Got the brooder built, Now What ?!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Retired Army, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Retired Army

    Retired Army New Egg

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    Hi Folks,
    I'm a green horn about all this chicken stuff. Kids and I are honoring for more bonding time before their off to college so I figured what better way then to build a brooder, get some chicks and boom ! Quality time with the family.
    We got a good start with the brooder "Now What!" I'm not sure if we should drive an hour to buy chicks or just mail order, we only need 4 or 5 I guess, any thoughts ?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Lots of people order chicks thru the mail. As long as you wait till the weather in your area is not too cold over night, as chicks can be out in the mail for a few days in the cold and some don't make it. But lots of hatcheries do ship small amounts of chicks. I always go to my local feed store for chicks. Let them deal with the incoming shipped chicks and I don't have to go far to get them. It is up to you.

    You might want to chat with others in your state and area to find out where they are getting their chicks....

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    Good luck with your hunt for chicks and welcome to BYC!
     
  3. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Hello and [​IMG] What a great way to spend family time[​IMG]
     
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Nice family project! X2 on TwoCrows suggestion on try your state thread for local birds. If you only want a few chicks shipping will be quite high to get them mailed, and usually this time of year a lot of feed stores have chicks in.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - do you have a Tractor Supply Co near you? Most are now running 'chick days'.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Retired Army

    Retired Army New Egg

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    Thanks !!!!
     
  8. Retired Army

    Retired Army New Egg

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    Just found one not to far away, I'm in Southern Orange County, CA. so their few and far apart BUT !!!! I think I have caught the bug ! chicken fever that is so off I will go tomorrow, during work I might add to buy some feathered friends, at $5 each sounds like cheap happiness to me, I'm assuming they will also stock all the trimmings I also need. This is our brooder it was a speaker cabinet last night
     
  9. Fluffers

    Fluffers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Thank you for your years in service, and best of luck with your future chicks
     

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