what do u look for when buying baby chickies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by deerchooper, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering how you select your chicks when u pick them up from where ever?

    I just got 3 rir and 3 silver laced at farm, family and home (tsc competition)

    the guy asked which ones, I looked at him and said the bigger, alive looking ones.

    idk just thought I would ask for me and others.
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Active chicks, particularly ones you observe eating/drinking, are usually better bets than sleepy chicks.
    Clear eyes and nares, no pasty butt, good body condition.
    The more outgoing people-friendly ones apparently are more likely to be roos in a straight run?
     
  3. Gnarled Carrots

    Gnarled Carrots Out Of The Brooder

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    You definitely want to look for chicks that are active and moving around. Lethargic chicks don't always make it. Chicks that are peeping loudly are oftentimes in distress, although that can sometimes be a sign that you're looming over them or picking them up! I'd look for alert chicks more than anything else and, if they're unsexed, pick out 2 or 3 for every 1 hen that you want. There's a 50/50 chance that they're roosters and, if you only want hens, you're going to want several of them!
     

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