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What season to get chicks? Mild winters - does it matter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by keda, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. keda

    keda New Egg

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    I live in Sydney, Australia, where we only very rarely get any frost. I want to keep about four pet chickens.

    I want to get baby chicks so that we can get them nice and socialized (I have two little kids, so this matters) and I'm wondering, considering I won't be showing the birds, whether there is a wrong/right time of year. I'm guessing that Autumn isn't ideal, but I really want to get them as soon as possible. I will have a brooder box in my outside laundry and an un-insulated wooden coop (probably one like this, coz I'm not handy enough to make my own and I want to be able to walk in).

    I'm planning on getting 4 chooks - probably 1-2 Australorps but I haven't decided on the other breed(s) yet so suggestions are welcome.

    I know that sexing day-olds is nigh-on impossible - should I get 6 babies and assume that I'll have to get rid of two roos (we can't have roosters in the suburbs)? Then I can hope they are all girls and I get to keep them ;-) (chicken math seems to have hit already!).

    Sorry, this is longer than planned, and I've read a bit but I'm a total chicken newbie and I have so many questions!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    In your situation, I don't know of any reason you could not get chicks now. I don't know what your options are in Australia to get sexed chicks, but you might want to post on this thread to get your local experts' advice.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...and-that-funny-little-island/650#post_8767065

    If you can find them, one option is to get sex linked chicks. These are not a specific breed but are actually crosses. By crossing specific breeds, you can tell at hatch which ones are male and which ones are female.
     

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