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Chickens are so much fun. Fun to watch, fun to keep, fun because they make breakfast!
We recently got 10 baby chicks to add to our flock. Our chicks came from our local feed store. At the time I write this post, Tractor Supply is having their annual Chick Days.
Baby chicks are really no trouble at all. Their soft peeps are a soothing sound. However, there are a few things you should consider if you are thinking of getting chicks of your own. Here is my experience, and what I recommend:
- First of all, find a place in your home where you can dedicate 6 – 8 weeks as a chicken nursery. For us, that is the garage. One year we used one of our bathrooms. We put them in the tub, but it didn’t take long for them to learn to jump, and then we had to come up with something else, because they could have easily escaped the tub. This year, we used an empty cattle watering tank and put it in our garage.
- If you put them in the garage, and it is still cool weather outside, you may want to purchase a heat lamp. Also, wood shavings helps keep them warm and cozy in their bed. Tractor Supply offers a little chick bed and lamp combo that looks cool.
- So what do you feed them? Tractor Supply sells a basic chick starter feed, but if you are concerned about GMOs or want to feed your chicks an organic food, you may want to check out Nature’s Best Organic Chick Starter, or Dumor’s Organic Chick Starter, both of which are also sold at Tractor Supply.
- You will also need a feeder. When they are tiny, you will want to feed them out of a baby chick feeder like this one. After a few days, you will need to add a jar like this to the feeder (a quart mason jar will do), unless you want to replace their food every couple of hours. They are hungry little jokers when they are growing!
- If you have kids, they will tell everyone they come in contact with that they have baby chicks. My son had all of the neighborhood kids over in our garage to show off his chickens. So if you decide to take the plunge and get some backyard chickens, I recommend you prepare for an entire flock of neighborhood kids to be in your garage!
Tractor Supply has an excellent website with tons of information about baby chicks, chickens, different breeds of chickens, and how to care for chickens during each stage of life. Click here to access their Chick Days information!