How to Raise Baby Chicks, A Full Guide!

As I’m writing this, we are coming toward the end of the strangest baby chick season I’ve ever experienced as a Backyard Chicken Educator. If you’re reading this from the future, it’s May 30th, 2020. This is the year the pandemic hit. And though I was unable to teach any classes or do any seminars in person, it’s been my busiest time ever.

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I’ve seen a lot of criticism regarding the people who “panic bought” baby chicks this year. But in a time when it’s really hard to see a silver lining, I’m seeing one in the surge of new chicken keepers. If you’re someone who is just starting out, congratulations! I welcome you to Chickenlandia, and I hope I can help you have the best backyard chicken experience ever. <3

Is it Now or Never?

Since I couldn’t teach my classes in person this year, I’m pretty grateful for the opportunity to create content on my YouTube Channel. If you watch it, you can find basically everything you need to get started. To cut down on search time, I decided to put all the baby chick things in order for you right here. Let’s begin with whether or not NOW is the best time for you to get chickens:

Be Prepared

If you’ve decided when you are getting baby chicks, let’s talk about what you need BEFORE you bring them home:

The Basics

This is almost exactly what I teach in my in-person classes about caring for baby chicks. It’s an older video (and kinda cringy in my opinion LOL), but still full of good information.

Growing Up

Baby chicks are adorable and fun, but once they start getting big, it becomes more of a challenge keeping them indoors. If you’re wondering when your little velociraptors can go outside and be actual chickens, watch this video:

So there’s your comprehensive guide to baby chicks! Is this your first year raising them or are you a seasoned baby chick pro? Let me know in the comments!

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