When is it too late for baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shelleyb1969, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I live in Michigan, originally from Tennessee. Can someone please advise me as to when it's too late to hatch eggs or buy baby chicks? I want Orps, and I REALLY don't want to wait til next spring to get them. I'd like to have eggs to eat next spring, not baby chicks to raise! [​IMG]
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    you can call the hatchery and ask them when they are willing to ship, then take it from there. As far as it being too late....In my opinion it's never too late!!! LOL!!! Seriously, if you get chicks they have to be kept in the house till they're fully feathered, and when you put them out you have to make sure they're kept warm till they're old enough to go without a heat source.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Orps are big birds like my brahmas are. Therefore I think it's important for them to have time to mature, put on some weight, and completely feather out before winter hits. That's why I got mine as early as I possibly could in the spring. So, being in Michigan do you have at least 4 more months before winter weather starts or will you be able to maintain high temps. for them in winter? I know it's hard to be patient, but I think spring is the best time. Just MHO.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    It just depends on whether or not you are set up to keep them especially warm in the beginning cold months if they are still very young. I would wait until Spring at this point.
  5. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    I'm in that boat too! We got our first chicks from the feed store in May before I found mail order sexed chicks, that you could get in 5s. Then it started looking like most of my chicks were going to be roosters, and we figured we'd need at least 3-4 in the coop over the winter to keep warm (hey, it made a good argument). Now 6 more babies will be born 8/18! And then I'll have to keep them in the house longer so they are at least 8 weeks old before running with however many of the originals are left! Now that we've ordered, of course, it looks like at least 3 of the chicks will be pullets after all. My chicks are what, 12 weeks old, and I STILL can't tell!
  6. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    There is a hatchery in Michigan just below Grand Rapids that has Orps. If i lived in Michigan I would try to get them next month, that way you can have them feathered out good before cold weather [​IMG] and be in production by next spring. Here is the link http://www.townlinehatchery.com/
  7. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Thanks for all the advice. I've got a lot of thinking to do...fast! I REALLY want to have chickens laying eggs by late spring next year. If anyone hears of any young hens or pullets for sale in the Michigan thumb area, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know. Thanks to everyone!

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