what age do they become "started" chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tcal, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. tcal

    tcal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Sweet Home Alabama
    I am planning on selling chicks and I don't want to advertise wrong. Thanks!
  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    I think the hatcheries claim 17-20 week chicks are "started". However, I would personally think younger could be "started" maybe even 14 weeks. Point of Lay is about the same as "started" in my book- 17-24 weeks. I guess to be honest in the ad, you could simply put the age...
    Good Luck!
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Since chicks are most fragile in their first few weeks, they are still just chicks to me. I call them "started" around 4-8 weeks because they are past their most fragile period. "Well started" meaning fully feathered around 8-14 weeks. And "point of lay" around 16-20 weeks.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I haven't found any firm definitions on what age "started" is. Anywhere from 2-4 weeks old at a minimum, usually. Some people want started chicks that are past the most fragile age. Some people want started birds that are fully feathered. So, started birds are sold at different ages.

    Once they are old enough to be called "point of lay" I would use that term. Some people are looking for a started bird that is just about to lay.

    I think your best bet is to mention the age of the chicks, since "started" covers such a wide range of ages.
  5. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Why not just add their age or hatch date with whatever description?

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