Picking chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ridgefire, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    My Tractor supply will be getting chicks in this year.

    When I go in what should I look for in a chick? I know I will be tempted to take the entire bin of fuzzy butts, but I must limit myself to around 6. I know I want pullets, would like Buffs if possible.
    Is there certain things to look for when trying to pick 6 out of say 100 or more in a bin?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If you can't catch it, that's the one you want. Be sure to pick out of the pullet bin and look for orangey colored ones if you want buff birds.
  3. Make sure they are eating and drinking. They are all cute, so I hope you can resist well! You'll know which ones to pick out to take home with you.
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    Pick the ones that run the fastest from you they are the strongest ones or one that seems curious and energetic which is the ideal do not pick the littlest chick sitting in the corner all puffed up that is the mistake allot of people make picking out the sick ones.

  5. Yogiman

    Yogiman Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    South Louisiana
    You will need ask the sex of the chicks in order to know that you are getting pullets. If they tell you that they are "straight run", well, good luck.
    If they are pullets, step back, take a deep breath, count to 10, and then just relax and observe them for a while. You want to focus on the larger, most active chicks in the brood. These are the ones that are the strongest and less likely to pose a health problem. Take your time by all means.
    It is advised to always purchase one or two extra to compensate for any loss you might have. And by all means be prepared in the event there is a loss.
    Don't allow yourself to feel for the undersized chick or one that is huddled away from the main brood. These normally will surely have health issues.
    You cannot go wrong with the buffs. They are the sweethearts and a beautiful bird.
    Good luck in your choices and earing them. They don't require much other than a sanitary environment with a good food ration and clean water. Enjoy
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    A lot of good advice. I'll just add one more thing. Look for the deepest color with the lightest legs. They will tend to be more true to type, usually bigger and hardier.
  7. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    I do know that when I do get my fuzzy butts they are going to be spoiled. I love to build and tinker. I have a nice 10x8 space in my barn that will be their coop which I am planning on insulating, adding power for a light. I have an old bathroom exhaust fan that I was thinking would work in the summer to help with air exchange. I am coming up with roost ideas, nest boxes, ect. Also the run I am planning is going to be about 30x20 behind the barn, lots of bugs back there for them to pick at.
  8. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Have fun! Looking forward to seeing pics of your new babies! And their new home! [​IMG]

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