How To Get Started Raising Chickens
Getting Started with Chicks 101
Chicks will likely bond with you, therefore spending time with them, observing them, and gently holding them, even, is a good thing. Also, watching them daily will alert you should they become ill or if a particular small chick is failing due to social order. Once the chicks are fully feathered, it will be time for them to leave their temporary housing and begin to explore the outside world. Coastal has a variety of chicken coops to choose from.
After your chicks are hatched or brought home from your favorite Coastal outlet, you’ll need to provide them with suitable, temporary housing. It can be anything from an aquarium to a small box. One of the best habitats is a 100-gal Metal Stock Tank.
Chick Brooders & Housing
Feed and Water
A consistent amount of food and water is critical to the growth and health of chicks. Chick food is not the same as adult chicken food and comes in both medicated and non-medicated varieties. Supply them with chick food for the first two months and then graduate to a grower food. They’ll eventually graduate to a lower protein or layer feed.
Chick Feeders & Waterers
Chick Feed & Supplements
Keeping the habitat clean is important. That means changing the bedding as necessary and making sure the habitat is not overly wet from water spillage.
A heat source is vital. A 250-watt bulb in a clamp-style lamp, as well as an infrared bulb, works very well. Chicks need to be kept warm all day and night long until their down fluff matures into feathers. This usually takes two-three months. Temperatures in the 90’s - 100 degrees are recommended. Use a clean, dry metal stock tank and plenty of Dry Den Bedding Pellets as a brooder until they are big enough to be placed with the other chickens.
Chickens love taking dirt baths (it prevents parasites and lice from forming in their feathers and on their legs). These baths keep their feathers and skin groomed and cleaned. For enclosure purposes, you’ll just need to insert a try or let them out in an enclosed pen so they can frolic in the dirt.
We Love Chicks at CoastalStop by your West Coast-owned and operated Coastal today and pick up everything you need to raise and care for your happy and productive chickens. We’ve also compiled a list of helpful articles, videos, and other information to help get you started. Stop by today and get everything you need for your brood.
Chick Starter Kits & Accessories
Build Your Own Brooder Bin
Start out right with this easy-to-build brooder bin.
- Buy plastic bin with tight-fitting lid at least 12" tall.
- Cut a hole using a carpet knife out of 1/3 to 1/2 of the top.
- Cut a piece of hardware cloth two inches wider than your hole.
- Punch holes in top around the hole using a nail and hammer.
- Zip tie the hardware cloth over the hole to create a surface for ventilation and to hold the brooder lamp suspended over the chicks.
- Line bin with newspaper and paper towels for traction for the chicks.
- Chicks should be kept between 90-100 degrees for the first week, decrease temp by five degrees each week as chicks grow until they are at room temperature.
Chicks at Coastal
NOTE: Please call your local Coastal to see if they have the breed you're looking for in stock.