question about free chicks from feed store

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yomama, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    So one of our larger feed stores around here is giving away free chicks with the purchase of some chick starter. Is there anything I should worry about if I were to go ahead and get some? I think they are giving away as many as 5 chicks at a time, but I need to double check. Now normally, I order my chicks online, vaccinated against Marek's disease, since I had a hen that came down with it a few years back. I know these chicks will not be vaccinated, but I also know most of my neighbors have chickens that have never been vaccinated and are just fine. I've just never heard of stores just giving them away, so I'm wondering if there is usually some sort of catch that anyone has encountered with something like this?
  2. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    Sounds good to me =] just dont put them with any other chickens for 1 month just to be sure =]
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Pick sex-links and know the boys from the girls.
  4. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    Around here the feed store that does it does it because they know the people will be back for more feed. Most folks come in and pick up their cuties and some feed, and suddenly they are hooked. Might as well be giving out needles and heroin, because folks are going to be back for more. More food. More peeps. MUST HAVE MORE.

    I'm on a twelve step program to beat my chicken addiction. I did fine on step one (admit you have a problem). At step two I think I did something wrong, because I appealed to a higher power (my wife) and she said "You should get some more." I don't know what step 3 is because I'm enjoying repeating one and two.
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  5. PaintedWolf

    PaintedWolf Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2012
    Kitsap WA
  6. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Lol!! They are like drugs, little stinkers! The part I didn't mention is that I have chicks coming in April [​IMG]. But only 8. I try to keep myself at 20 birds, so as not to get overwhelmed. Currently, I'm at 13 - except one is a duck, so that doesn't really count. I don't really need any right now, but then again, that hasn't stopped us addicts yet!

    I'm wondering if it will be straight run only? If I can choose, Sex Links would be the safest bet. I don't currently have a roo, and I really don't need one. Great, now I'm all excited!! Maybe I'll be "lucky", and they won't have any more when I get there, lol!!
  7. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG]I finally found the ad. It is only for Cornish Cross chicks. Don't need any meat birds here. Oh well. Thanks for the advice anyway! [​IMG]
  8. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    he he he

    The cost of the bird is a tiny part of the cost of rearing a Cornish Rock! Still sounds like a great deal though. I would be all over it if a store in my neck of the woods had this offer.
  9. kayjan

    kayjan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    Southeast Louisana
    we have a feed store in our area that has a customer appreciation day and you buy a 50# bag of feed and get 10 free chicks. Last year we got 40 chicks. We already had a few chickens and needed to buy food anyway (g) Just hatched 25 little ones and plan on going to get more "free" chicks at feed store at the end of the month. But as I type we are talking about setting some more eggs (g) so yes, chicks are like drugs but in a good way. [​IMG]
  10. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    There are a couple of feed stores that have these give aways once a year. Sometimes they are Cornish and sometimes they are layer breed pullets. I got a selection of 5 layers this way a couple of years ago. I was very happy with them. And they were vaccinated. I would get them again but this year I want specific breeds. With the giveaway would had to just take what they gave you. They would grab 5 chicks from an assorted pullet bin, but them in a box, and hand them to you. The would not accept requests for specific chicks. If I remember right I ended up with a Gold Sex Link, RIR, BR, White Leghorn, and either Brown Leghorn or BO (I don't remember).

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