Adding New Baby Chicks Into Your Flock

If you’ve seen our social media posts lately, you know that we’ve proudly added 4 new baby chicks to our flock this month. To say I was excited was an understatement! Rosemary, Big Betsy, Scarlet O’Henna, and Opal are growing rapidly and adjusting well. It’s only February here in Minnesota, so it’s a bit early for “chick days”. You could say I may have jumped the gun a little, but it all worked out great!

I ordered my chicks and received them via mail. My sister also ordered some chicks, so together we had enough for them to ship to chilly Minnesota. But, for the record, we’ve also purchased chicks from our local farm supply store as well as hatched our own in an incubator! Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite as cute as new chicks.

If you’re a chicken lover like me, your mind continues to dream about what chickens you’ll add to your flock next. For me, temperament and egg color are top my priorities, but I also have to consider our weather here in Minnesota too. Regardless of the type of chicks you’re going to add, here are a couple of things to consider:

Please prepare BEFORE you bring your chicks home! Do your research, set up a brooder and make sure you’ll be able to check on them fairly often.

Consider the time of year you’re adding them. I would say the most common time to add to our flock here (due to weather) is spring. That means we’re close. However, if you live in warmer climates, there’s no time like the present! Haha! I think I’d have 100 if I lived somewhere warm.

Get your chicks adjusted to their brooder ASAP. Transporting chicks through the mail or even from your farm supply store to your home can be stressful on them!

Purchase a Baby Chick Care Kit from your local farm supply store. The kit includes Chick E-lixir™, Coop Recuperate™, and First Peep™. These 3 products will ensure that your chicks have a great start for their growing digestive, respiratory, and immune systems. Plus, they’re all natural and use organic essential oils instead of antibiotics!

FUN FACT: I have not lost one chicken to illness!! I know without a doubt, the Chicken Essential products play a huge factor in this.

If you’re a backyard chicken keeper, more than likely your chickens are your pets… not just breakfast producers! Knowing they’re receiving everything they need will help reduce your stress levels and theirs! Do yourself and your chickens a favor and just make these products part of your routine. When your Baby Chick Care Kit runs out, no worries! You can buy larger sizes of the Chicken E-lixir™ and Coop Recuperate™ at your farm supply store or Amazon! They also have a product called Flock-Fixer™ for times of stress. The people at Strong Animals understand how important our feathered friends are to us. Therefore, they’ve made their products easy-to-use with all of our health in mind!

-The Wing Lady

Published by Annie

Annie Wing is the author of Strong Animals Chicken 101 blog. She is a busy mom with 3 active kids. Annie and her family reside on an acreage in the Redwood River Valley in Minnesota. She enjoys gardening and her absolute favorite pastime is doting on her 28 chickens!