Things to Look for When Buying Chicks

Always check your local laws regarding how many chicks you can keep and any other restrictions.

Check the condition of your chicks before taking them away. Look for any signs of dirt, mites, labored breathing, etc.

Ask the seller about vaccinations, their advice for caring for them when you take them home, whether they’re NPIP, etc.

Always check your local laws regarding how many chicks you can keep and any other restrictions.

Call around and visit a hatchery you’re interested in, check they are operating like a professional business that you’re happy to buy from.

Check the condition of your chicks before taking them away. Look for any signs of dirt, mites, labored breathing, etc.

Ask the seller about vaccinations, their advice for caring for them when you take them home, whether they’re NPIP, etc.

Basic Kit and Equipment You’ll Need

Here are some of the basic things you’ll need to be prepared for your new chicks:

A chicken brooder – A brooder is a heated enclosure for baby poultry. Baby chicks need somewhere warm and safe as they develop for those important first few weeks.

Food – There are various brands all offering start feeds for baby chicks.

Water – Baby chicks need access to fresh drinking water at all times, you can use a nipple or shallow waterer.

Warmth – New baby chicks need to be kept at around 95 degrees. This can be dropped 5 degrees per week until they’re old enough to no longer need heat.

Space – Good living conditions are essential for chicks to grow up happy and healthy. If you’re buying a brooder, it should recommend the maximum number of chicks it holds. Otherwise, aim for at least half an sq. ft. of space per chick.

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