Need some Iowan help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicks Galore3, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    8,137
    140
    316
    Dec 16, 2011
    Iowa
    Ok, people who live in or near northern IA, what time did you get chicks?
    here goes some chicken math:
    if i get them in may, they'll stay in the brooder for about a month, which will mean they'll be out at about june, then they'll stay in the coop for a bout a week and a half (so they can regonize it as home) that'll be a bout july.
    OR
    if i get them in april, they'll be in the brooder til about may, then stay in the coop till about mid may.
    What chicken math do you like better, option one or two? or a totally different opinion?
     
  2. Five Dog Farm

    Five Dog Farm Out Of The Brooder

    22
    0
    22
    Apr 1, 2011
    We get our chicks in late March. Keep them in the house until they are feathered out and the weather is warm in May. Works out to be good timing for us.
     
  3. featherfriendlyinIowa52

    featherfriendlyinIowa52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    2
    91
    Aug 15, 2011
    NW Iowa
    I live near Fort Dodge and have asked for a March 15 shipment. I too will keep them indoors (I have a heated dog kennel in the attached garage but the chicks will be separated from the dogs (duh). I plan to wrap the kennel they're in with cardboard for any draft that will occur from the dogs running in and out of their doggy door. I want them early enough so I'll see some eggs in late summer, otherwise, the days will be getting shorter before I see any. Also want to be able to cull the roosters before it gets too cold to butcher them outside. Sounds like good logic. What do you think?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by