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What are baby chicks good for?

There's a large, growing demand for baby chicks.  But they have dual purposes depending on who you speak with.  Anyone that practices homesteading will seek chicks to raise them as egg-layers, or to raise them as broilers.  And anyone who owns a python, boa, or other meat eating reptile or raptor will desire them for their protein.  Let's dig in whos in the market for baby chicks to be delivered to their home.

Egg-Laying Chicks

The most obvious reason to buy chicks online is to raise them for their eggs.  Our egg laying chicks will start laying eggs in about 18-20 weeks.  And from there, will lay, on average, about 6 eggs per week for the remaining year.  After that year, their productivity drastically decreases.  Many keepers choose to butcher their hens once their loose productivity.  But others decide to keep them, because even with their reduced productivity, they still provide enough eggs for a household.  

Broiler Chicks

Broiler chicks are specifically raised for their meat.  Owners who purchase broiler chicks do so with the intentions of butchering their chickens for meat after a specific age and size.  These chicks are fed a more protein-rich diet, which helps them grow more muscle and meat.  Many broiler chicks can lay eggs.  But they are not nearly as productive as our Novogen chicks.

Reptile and Raptor Food

Anyone in the reptile and raptor communities will know that baby chicks are an excellent food source for carnivorous reptiles and birds of prey.   The most common reptiles to devour chicks are:

  • boas
  • pythons
  • monitor lizards

Many snake owners will choose live baby chicks over rodents.  Baby chicks offer more protein and less fat compared to rodents.  This means they are a great feeder option for mature pythons and boas. 

Nutrients  Chicks Mouse (pinkie) Rats (neo natal)
Protein 68 61 58
Fat 21 30 27
Vitamin E 40.7 5.9 15.6
Calcium 2.5 4.8 8.7
Ca : P ratio 1.4 1.1 1.5

 

One drawback is that baby chicks do have high amount of phosphorus.  But this is largely due to their yolk sack.  Snake owners can physically remove the sack from the baby chick.  However, this will kill the chick.  The better option is to let the day old chick grow for about 1 week.  After 1 week, the yolk will be absorbed into the chick's body, and no longer an issue for the snake or reptile.  

Live prey for your pet

It's well known in the reptile community that rodents should not be offered to your pet snake.  A rodent has aggressive incisors, and will use them to defend itself.  

How do you Ship Baby Chicks?

With care and experience.  Our baby chicks are shipped with the United States Post Office with their priority mail option.  This ensure the chicks arrive in 1-2 days after they are shipped.

Pennsylvania has an abundance of farmland suitable for farmland and live stock.  Our chickens are raised in at our main location in Pennsylvania and shipped all across the country.  We do guarantee live delivery and will replace any order that doesn't survive the transit.  

What should I do after I get My Live Chicks in the Mail?

Baby chicks are incapable of regulating their own body temperatures.  Which is why it's critical to have their brooder set up and ready for them.  

An excellent baby chick brooder will have these important elements:

  • heat
  • bedding
  • food and water

Heat

Sending baby chicks through the mail isn't the most comfortable experience for the chicks.  And they will be cold and scared after you receive them.  This is why it's critical  to have their heat source ready and available.  The most popular heating method for baby chicks are dome clamps with a heat light bulb.  These are inexpensive, and extremely easy to set up.  A 125w bulb with produce adequate temps of about 105 degrees F.  This is  a great temp for baby chicks, and is what they will require for about the 1st week of their lives.  

One drawback with the domes is that they can create a fire hazard.  And these heat lamps should be fitted with a red bulb so that the chicks are exposed to light 24 hours a day.  This can interrupt their circadian rhythm, which can have a negative effect on their egg production.

Alternative heating options to the dome is a heat plate.  Heat plates are much safer, but more expensive.  And some farmers look for a broody hen to provide natural heat for their chicks.  Their is the risk that the broody hen won't accept the chicks.  But this is the most natural way to raise baby chicks into healthy, product broilers or egg layers.

Bedding

Aspen shavings and hemp are going to be the best bedding material for your brooder.  But These are not the only options.  Pine shavings, straw, and sand are acceptable options as well.  But each one has their own pros and cons which we discuss in greater detail in our bedding guide.  

Just as important, there is a list of bedding that should absolutely not be used for baby chicks.  Treated wood, cedar, or teak shavings can be toxic to the chicks.  Yes, they may smell nice, but the aroma can be noxious and kill them.  

The recommended depth for your bedding material is about 2".  This will provide enough insulation for the chicks.

Food and Water

Chicks will be dehydrated from the transit.  So it is important to have a dish of water available for them once they arrive.  This water should be warm, to help the chicks warm up after being in their 2 day transit.  

Something many new chick owners do after getting their chicks in the mail is dip their beaks into the warm water.  This will help train the chicks, and show them where to find the water source after they arrive.  

Food is critical.  And although we know chickens love live insects like black soldier fly larvae, we do not recommend offering them as their only food source.  Baby chicks will need specialty food.  This food can be located at local commercial feed mills.  Tell the mill what type of chicks you are raising (broiler or egg-laying), and they will have pre-mixed grains ready for your flock.

There is much more depth to tackle with food for baby chicks.  We recommend reading our feeder guide for baby chicks so that you can monitor their diets and ensure you're growing the healthiest chicks.