|Partridge Cochin chick|
For the last two years raising day old chicks was my daughter, Rebecca's, summer job. But now she is waitressing and going to college, and the time, grossness, and effort of raising chicks is not worth the money to her. So Caleb, age 7, has decided to take over the business! Because he is so young Caleb will need a lot more help from me than Rebecca did, but for us it is a good way to start out, and I am allowing him to keep the profits!
You can purchase day old chicks from local farmers or order them through the mail. Mail order chicks tend to be riskier since problems and delays can occur in shipping, however, the "fancier" breeds like Polish tend to sell better. We purchased day old Polish and Cochin chicks from Meyer Hatchery for Caleb to raise.
Caleb and Lucas were so excited to see and hold the adorable chicks, but they understood they needed to mostly stay in the brooder until they became a bit stronger. (Click here to see more info about setting up a brooder)
Responsibilities:Caleb's responsibilities include checking each chick daily for pasty butt, cleaning and drying said pasty butts, checking food and water daily, cleaning out the brooder as needed, socializing the chicks, and teaching them to come when called. At seven years old, he will need reminders, assistance, and a lot of oversight on my part!
|Caleb doing a great job feeding the chicks|
He also needs to learn all about the breeds that we are raising including color, size, and frequency of eggs produced, what type of pet they will make, and how to introduce them to an existing flock. In preparation for the local chicken swap, we dress well, make signs, and make sure the chicks are clean, friendly, and perfectly healthy - ready for their new homes! When we attend the poultry swap to sell the chicks, it will be up to Caleb to have the confidence and knowledge to be able to sell them!