Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks

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So I’m noticing that there is a “season” for chicks. I’m assuming just like most livestock but my question is, can I purchase chicks at any time? I’m still trying to convince my husband into this, and I need to build and read up on all of the details about raising chickens. I’m guessing about two months out.

What time of year should I order baby chicks
What time of year should I order baby chicks

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MattandSherrie Johnson
MattandSherrie Johnson

Most hatcheries have them year-round.

Stacey Winkel
Stacey Winkel

Yes u can order online march – November for most

Cynthia Diane Watson
Cynthia Diane Watson

Online Cackel I have found is really good

Dawn Altman
Dawn Altman

The issue for a lot of folks is growing them big enough to go outside. The warmer it is, the sooner you can put them out. As cute as they are, you will be very anxious to get them outside! ????

Dawn Miller McSwain
Dawn Miller McSwain

Steinhausers in my town sells chicks 9 months of the year

Alisha Pluris
Alisha Pluris

Join local fb groups too. Chicken or livestock specific. There’s some people like me who hatch year round. But most people don’t expect to sell any in winter

Norman Arias
Norman Arias

yeah you can purchase chicks or hatch them anytime but the problem when you have them off season like for us during rainy seasons,you’ll find it hard to grow/raise them..d are prone to diseases or mostlikely unhealthy as d grow.

Andrea Cooper
Andrea Cooper

…it’s easier than you think…once you’re set up! The girls will basically do all the work…they just simply refuse to clean up after themselves when they poop!

Amanda Wolcott
Amanda Wolcott

And I’ve actually found if you have the means to keep them in cooler weather it’s more ideal to get them off season because a lot of breeds are then laying when it’s still nice out versus having their first lay in winter.

Robert Otis
Robert Otis

You can order almost any time of year. You gotta find a breeder or distributor. Mailing chicks is a crap shoot at best. Temperatures in post offices and while in transport or sketchy at best. This often results in dead or soon to die chicks. Pick them up if possible. Also call the post office and give them your phone number and tell them to call ASAP. They don’t like noisy chicks. Have your set up running two days before arrival. It’s more expensive to heat, have multiple sources of heat, not just electric. I’ve raised chicks in -20F and 70F. 70F is easier. But heat kills chickens as well. So.

Sonya Tarsoly
Sonya Tarsoly

Has anyone tried Buckeye breed? Developed in Ohio. Weathers colder temperatures (not newly hatched) better than many breeds. Lays light brown eggs. Also, may keep nuisance vermin (mice) out of henhouse. I have gotten them from breeders in Ohio. Delivered all as promised – even to attacking a mouse and killing it in the henhouse!

Allison Akbay
Allison Akbay

You can get them at any time but if you are getting them shipped you want the order shipping before extremely hot weather in your area.