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I know that spring is when most people purchase chicks from the local feed stores. To me, this is the wrong time of year. We have been raising our own chickens for years.
Chickens begin laying eggs at between 20 and 24 weeks. That’s 5 to 6 months… If you purchase week old babies in March, they will not lay until the fall.
Most chickens slow down their laying in the winter too because they need 12-14+ hours of light for optimal laying. So your new layers from your spring chicks will stop laying in their first winter and then you are feeding chicken that you have only gotten a few eggs from all winter long.
If you have a suitable warmer area in your home, fall is a GREAT time to pick up chicks. We have baby playpens in our garage with heater lights for our chicks. We use these YEAR ROUND!!!
We have chicks available year round. Many are Americauna or Americauna mix (blue / green egg layers). Other breeds that we have on our homestead are Dominiques, California Grey, Cochins, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Reds and many others.
For a due date of October 1, we have over 100 eggs in the incubator! Do you want to add to your flock this season for spring laying? (They can potentially lay in March!)
Pre-order today!! $3 each or 10 or more are $2.25 each. They will be ready to go to your home during the first week of October.
AVAILABLE (updated 9/12/2015) on our homestead in addition to the pre-order of chicks:
- 8 1 to 5 day old Chicks,
- 8 1 to 5 day old Quail Chicks,
- We still have 5 male and 1 female 18 week old New Zealand Rabbits as well $10 each
We also have quail hatching year round. Conturnix quail are GREAT for both egg and meat production as they are full grown at 8 weeks of age and begin laying then as well.. $3 each or 10 or more are $2.25 each. (for under 2 weeks of age) $5 each for older than 2 weeks of age.
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