Raising Baby Chicks, and the Supplies You Will Need

| 4/26/2019 11:31:00 AM


8 Easter Egger chicks heading to their new home. Photo By Ashley Sinkula

You Brought Home Baby Chicks, Now what?

Congrats, you are one of the many people that get sucked into the cuteness of baby chicks. I know this “oh so familiar” feeling as you enter the feed store and you start speed walking to the center of the store that has the metal water troughs filled with cute little fuzzy chicks. You decide to take the lunge, as many do, and purchase a few of these cute little spring time babies.

You Have Your chicks, What Else Do You Need?

Raising chickens is so rewarding and can fit just about anyone’s life style, knowing what basic necessities are needed for raising these sweet little farm animals will help you along the way.

When we buy or hatch our own chicks (yes, you can hatch your own chicks at home) I always make sure I have a few things on hand. Although there are a lot of ways to raise chickens, this is what has worked for us here at ABCDfarmhouse for years.

Chick Home: you need a spot for your little chicks, something that can accommodate them growing in size. Find something that is bigger than what you need right away. There are a variety of things you can use. Galvanized water troughs, dog crates, kiddie pools etc. Whatever you choose, just make sure they can’t fly up and out as they get bigger. It’s also nice to find something that contains your bedding choice because chickens can be messy.

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