Observing the stages of chicken development is a fascinating process. A newly-hatched chick develops into a teenager (pullet or cockerel) and reaches adulthood in around 16 weeks. From fertilization through incubation and hatching, the five stages of chicken development take just under five months. And when a hen has reached maturity, you can expect to get your first egg.Read more
If you’re considering adding some chicks to your coop, the ideal time to prepare is now. Many people ask themselves “What Brooder Supplies do I need for baby chicks?” then they search for answers online and they get confused by the information. Looking after chicks is easy if you have the right brooder supplies and you understand how to use them. The supplies can be purchased at a local farm supply store, or you can order them online and have them delivered to your home.Read more
Nothing can be more exciting than waiting for your baby chicks to arrive or hatch. Whether you only have one or two as pets, or you want several chickens for laying eggs, chicks’ survival depends on your preparation. Baby chicks are susceptible to infections, temperature fluctuations, dehydration, and even stress. So, it’s essential to take good care of baby chicks.
Newly-hatched baby chicks spend their first days of life in a brooder (or under their mum!). But at some point, they will grow up a little, become more adventurous, and get bored in the brooder. One of the more commonly asked questions amongst new chicken breeders is, when can chicks go outside? Every growing chick needs warmth and this early period is vital for the health of the adult bird and future well being. The key to success is keeping the chick safe, providing clean food and waterRead more
Handling chickens is an important part of being a backyard chicken enthusiast. It’s very important to understand how to pick up and handle your chickens safely, both for the benefit of the bird and for yourself.
First and foremost, you need to know how to handle baby chicks.Read more
If you are going to bring home (or hatch) baby chicks for your backyard flock, you will need to plan ahead. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is build a brooder for your baby chicks.Read more