Well, we were supposed to be waiting until next year…

But you know how that goes. Hopefully, I’ll have more willpower when it comes to getting a dog. 

We have six Rhode Island Red chicks who are growing like wild fire. Here they are (above) at one week old fresh from the Tractor Supply Store.

And here they are at two weeks (above). Notice the wing and tail feathers already coming in!

Here are the reference books I’m using as guides.

But I still have very little idea what I’m doing. Anyone know of a rad website/blog that details raising chicks?? Right now I’m wondering how long they are going to be happy in a big box. They’re growing so quickly I just can’t picture them fitting in it a couple weeks from now.

But, luckily, so far, so good. If you’re thinking of raising some chicks, be warned that they produce a great deal of poop! It’s giving me flash backs to the days my kids were in diapers. I could share other details, but I’m such a novice I think I’ll just keep quiet for now. Fingers crossed.

Author: Cindy

Born in Charleston. Raised in the Silicon Valley. Live near Hartford, Connecticut with my husband and two children. We have lots of tropical fish.

17 thoughts on “Chicks!”

  1. How cute! We have a bantam amaracauna hen sitting on a nest right now and I can’t wait to see our new chicks.

    I don’t have a ton of detail about all the exact this and thats, but if you go back to the first posts on my blog you can see all about how it went with our first chickens. We ended up with 30 chicks and a 6’X6′ brooder where our dining room table should have been.


  2. Aww they’re so cute. We really want chickens but we live in town. We can’t wait to have our own! I remember as a kid even when they were little we put them out in their coop with a heat lamp until they got big enough but I don’t remember how warm it was outside at the time or exactly how big they were. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  3. They are so sweet and we are about to embark on the same journey next weekend. Depending on the weather where you are they could be in the brooder for up to 8 weeks if it is cold where you are. We are in SD, CA and have been told that as soon as the weather outside matches the temp in the brooder they are ready to go out. You may just have to jump up to a bigger box! I like
    and I am currently reading “Living With Chickens, Everything you Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock” by Jay Rossier
    From what I hear as long as they are fed, watered, and warm they should be okay!! Keep posting and GOOD Luck :)

  4. I’m also looking at getting a few chickens for eggs and meat. I’m new to the whole idea, so I’ll be reading your blog to find out all the ins and outs. Thanks.

    1. The kids couldn’t get enough of them for a couple days. But now it’s very much back to business as usual. My eldest has gone back to lobbying heavily for a dog. It’s kind of a bummer, but will make life easier when one of the chickens gets eaten by a fox.

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