Chicks & Ducklings For Sale
At certain times of the year (usually March - August) we sometimes have batches of day old chicks and ducklings available for sale.
Availability 23rd August 2019 -
Before buying chicks you will need to be set up with certain equipment for raising the chicks. The basic equipment you need is as follows and is available to buy from us.
A safe, draught free brooder box - the box needs to be vermin/cat proof but with plenty of ventilation.
Heat source - Either an Electric Hen as they give a natural heat, with no stressful 24 hour light or a heat lamp with a red or ideally a ceramic bulb (a ceramic bulb gives off heat but no light).
Bedding - It is vital chicks are kept in a dry environment.
Feeder and drinker. Ensure they can’t climb in to the drinker and drown - if in doubt fill it with cleaned marbles or pebbles.
Chick feed - A very fine, high protein designed for new chicks
Quick Guide to Chick Care
Setting up the Brooder
Ideally place the box in a place with stable temperature that has natural daylight.
If using an electric hen set the legs at an angle so that the heated plate is at the same height as the chicks back at one end. When you place your hand under the heat plate you won’t feel any heat - this is correct. It works by supplying a hot plate for the chicks to run under and press their backs against to warm up, the same way as they would run under the hen and press against her skin to warm up. When you put your hand under a hen who is standing up you won’t feel any heat - its the same principle!
If you are using a heat lamp, ideally use a ceramic bulb which gives off heat but not light. It is very stressful to have chicks in light 24 hours a day and can cause behavioural problems. It is far better they are used to the dark from day one. For the first few days it should be around 37 degrees right under the lamp but place it at one end of the box, if the chicks are too hot they can then move away from the heat.
Be guided by the chicks - If they are running around and just going back to the heat occasionally then all is well. If they are huddled up and cheeping there is something wrong and they are probably too cold.
Place feed and water close to the heat source initially. If the chicks are very young you will need to teach them to eat and drink by dipping the chicks beaks in the water and sprinkle some food on to the ground and tap it with your finger - they should come running to explore what you are doing.
As they grow raise the Electric Hen or heat lamp a little to gradually harden the chicks off.
Usually when they are fully feathered and have little or no down remaining on them, they can gradually come off the heat (as long as the ambient temperature is good), but never suddenly remove the heat source.
They will need a non slip surface (until their legs strengthen) with no bedding on for the first few days until they learn that the bedding is not food!
A constantly cheeping chick has a problem so please check it immediately. If they run out of food, are cold or get themselves stuck somewhere they will cheep loudly to alert you! Contented, happy chicks are very quiet.
Tap the feed with your finger to mimic the mother hen teaching her chicks how to eat.
Keep them very clean and dry - Coccidiosis affects chicks and thrives in a damp, warm environment.
Ensure the chicks vent doesn’t get ‘pasted’ up. The vent can easily get blocked and if they can’t expel droppings they will quickly die.