need HELP with CHICKS

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by savilcr, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have about 8 hens currently (buff, RIR, BR, Sex link etc.) and I am looking at getting about 20 chicks for around $1-3 each. I have a separate coop for the chicks but am knew to the whole raising chicks thing. Just have a few questions.

    - I don’t have an incubator so I will be buying already hatched chicks, how do I know how old of chicks to purchase?
    - Is it better to get all of the same breed (all RIR) or does it matter?
    - What kind of shots or meds. Do they need and at what age?
    - I know to feed them mash, do they need grit?
    - Is it better to order them from a hatchery or a person?
    - I will put a heat lamp in there but when are they old enough to not need a heat lamp/leave the coop.


    Thanks so much for all the help.
     
  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Here are my answers:


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  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  5. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So how old should I order?
     
  6. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    If you are going to order online, you will be getting "day old" chicks. I would start with them.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Understand that newly hatched chicks live off their yolks for the first 3 days, so this is when almost all birds are shopped. You can have older birds shipped but it is quite expensive. Most people find a local source if they don't want day old chicks.
     

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