We’ve all been there, enticed to take a peek into the peeping bins and tubs of day old chicks at the feed stores. They are so irresistible and sweet. Watching them is so entertaining and fun. I could spend hours observing their antics and interactions. One of the toughest decisions that I usually have is how do I chose which ones to take home? Selecting chicks can sometimes be an overwhelming process. Picking the healthiest and strong chicks is not difficult if you know what to ask and what to look for.
If you are interested in starting to raise backyard chickens, now is the time to start planning. It is incredibly easy and rewarding for families. I cannot begin to tell you the joys that your family will experience. I was just notified that www.mypetchicken.com is starting to take order for chicks this year. I would suggest putting your order in early. Research the breeds with attributes that you are looking for and choose a delivery date in late Spring. Certain breeds of chickens will sell out. With a little planning, you can have a brooder ready for your new little flock in a couple of days.
There are plenty of resources if you are a newcomer. Please look back at my older posts. I have given book reviews, introductions to chicken raising, and coop overviews. I think you will also be surprised that once you start looking, you will find people in your area that raise chickens. Spring is around the corner. I can just envision people’s faces lighting up and that joyous feeling in their heart as they open those peeping boxes from the hatchery with day old chicks. What are you waiting for?
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So, how do I go about this, you ask? Well if you’re like me you read everything you can get your hands on, check the internet and dive head first into something figuring you’ll just troubleshoot along the way. However, there is some planning to optimize your chicken experiences that will make life easier. So, lets start at the beginning. How do I get the chickens?