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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pouletmom, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. pouletmom

    pouletmom In the Brooder

    I recently purchased 4 female chicks from Meyer Hatchery in Ohio. I live in Washington State. They will be delivered in April. How can they be shipped from so far away and still be alive when delivered?

  2. First [​IMG] glad you could join [​IMG]

    Well first when a chick is hatched the last thing that happens
    is the chick takes up the last of the egg inside of itself and
    this will sustain them for three days with out feed or water
    but you will find these little guys will be week when they
    arrive so you will need to be prepared with a warm place for
    them to rest and play, you need to have water for them and
    some chick feed ........
    These guys will arrive in a cardboard (BOX) [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] to BYC!

    Yes, it is scary having those little ones shipped from so far away. Chicks can survive a few days from their absorbed egg sac at hatching. But the shipping can be hard on them. And sometimes some don't make it thru. Make sure to notifiy the PO before they arrive as some PO's will call you when they arrive at the office. When you first get them home, have your brooder ready with the heat up to 95 degrees, water and food ready. It helps to lay down paper towels on the floor by the feeder and sprinkle food all around the floor so the babies can find it.. In a few days, once they figure out where the food is, you can remove the towels.

    Also, put a 2 teaspoons of sugar in a quart waterer for the chicks for a few days. This will help with the stress of shipping, get the blood sugars steady and give them some energy. Dip their beaks in the water the moment you go to place them in the brooder. This way they get an instant drink of water and know where it is. Also, tap with your finger at the food to get them started eating.

    Don't cover your brooder with anything but a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange in the brooder. It helps to use a red or infra-red bulb for heat and keep it off to one side so there are cool spots in the brooder. Keep the food and water off to the other side from the heat as well so they have to leave the heat to get to the goods.

    I like to get mine started in roosting early in life so I put in cut branches from a tree outside for the first 2 weeks. They can climb on them and learn to roost. At 2 weeks, I switch them over to a 2x4, 2 side up for roosting. At 2 weeks old, they are roosting at night off the floor. Make for easier transition to the coop roost bar.

    Lower the temp by 5 degrees for 6 weeks and you should be ready to go!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! You've received some good advice here, good luck to you.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - great advice has been provided.

  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Two Crows has given your great advice so I'll just say [​IMG]

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