tractor supply chick days

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by imcoryy, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. imcoryy

    imcoryy In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2015

    when does tractor supply begin selling chicks and what would be a good chick to buy for a new owner? ive never had experience with chickens other than when ive cooked them. im looking for an egg layer and was told to go with a rhode island red but im sure you guys know a little bit more than i do. can i just buy one chicken r do i need two or three? i was thinking about one to begin with so i could get a feel for it.

    thanks in advance
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    Read, read, read! Lots of info on this site and the web at large. As a quick answer, chick days start the beginning of March in my area, not sure if that is national. TSC requires a minimum of 6 chicks, one is never a good idea anyway, but 3 or 4 would be enough.

    Go find your state thread on the Where am I Where are you forums and ask there. You might even find some local person to provide in person help. I do that a lot for people in my area. I sell chicks, but also dispense a lot of free advice along with them.
  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
    Glad to have you with us! Tractor supply normally starts selling chicks in March. Rule #1 for chicken keeping DO NOT just keep 1. Chickens are social animals and they need at least one friend. Tractor supply sells chicks in a pack of 6. I would buy either: Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Silver Laced Wynndottes, or Red-sex links. Good luck with your chicken keeping!
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    Be wary of pre-fab coops.! They are notorious for being too small for full grown birds. Each adult bird needs 4 square feet of floor space inside, plus an out door run of 10 square feet per bird.

    Welcome to our flock! [​IMG]
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    You have been given some great advice by the above posters! I would get a mix of different breeds. Hatchery Rhode Island Reds can sometimes be aggressive.

    You will definitely want to stop by our learning center. Lots of good articles on how to get started with chickens...

    And stop by this article on raising your new chicks for the first 60 days...

    If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    I've never bought chicks from Tractor Supply, so can't be of much help in that. Some good chicken breeds include Wyandottes, Australorps, Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks, Easter Eggers, and Rhode Island Reds. I've particularly enjoyed my Wyandottes and my Easter Egger.

    You will need to get more than one chicken, as chickens are flock animals. You should keep a minimum of three (because if one dies, you'll still have two). Four might be even better and more fun.[​IMG]
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other posters have given you some good advice and breed suggestions already! [​IMG] I would suggest keeping at least three chickens.
  9. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan

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