Q: If I'm interested in getting started in keeping backyard chickens, where do I begin?
A: If you're longing to keep pet chickens, sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin your exciting chicken adventure. We're happy to help you get started with some helpful resources!
First you might be interested in our glossary, just in case you're not familiar with common chicken terms.
That glossary will help you as you read through the other resources we have for you. For instance, we have two free ebooks online, one on Chicken and Chick Care that is essential, and one on hatching eggs at home, that you'll want to read through if you plan to hatch your own chicks.
If you ARE a beginner, keep in mind that in most cases, it's better to start with baby chicks.
You may also be interested in finding out which breed of chicken is right for your needs. If so, you'll want to try our Chicken Chooser Breed Selection Tool.
When you're ready, you can see our baby chick availability by clicking on "day old baby chicks" in the left hand navbar of this page.
There are some additional questions listed below that will be very helpful to those just getting started with backyard pet chickens.
- Please notice that on the day old baby chick page, you can use the drop-down list located above the first picture to see what breeds are available for specific dates you may be interested in.
- When you click on a specific chick to see details, you can hover your cursor over the calendar to see exactly how many chicks of that breed are still available (availability changes quickly!).
Can I choose what breeds I get when I purchase an assortment?
Can I mix and match or do I have to buy all the same breed?
Can you ship chicks to my location?
Do you send extra chicks with every order?
For my laying flock, should I buy fertile eggs to hatch, or should I start with baby chicks?
How come you can't ship just one chick?
How do I figure out whether or not I'm allowed to keep chickens in my area?
How do I help a chick that isn't eating or drinking?
How long do chickens live?
How long do hens lay eggs ?
How many roosters do I need in order that my hens will lay eggs?
How can I make my coop well-ventilated, but not drafty?
If I order straight run birds, how many of each sex am I guaranteed to get?
Is there any nutritional difference between white, brown, green and blue eggs?
My chicks are all available on different dates. Will they ship at different times, or all at once?
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Should I choose "no substitutions" and "no hatch day substitutions" when I place my order for chicks?
Should I order extra chickens so enough survive into adulthood?
The website says the breed I want is available for a date I want, so why isn't that a choice when I'm checking out?
What breed of chicken lays double yolked eggs?
What is debeaking or "beak trimming" and do your chickens come that way?
What is medicated feed all about--do I need it?
What is the nutritional difference between the eggs I can get at a grocery store and eggs my hens lay at home?
What time of year should I order baby chicks?
What treats taste best to chickens?
How much space should my chickens have inside their coop?
What's the best way to order a breed that always seems to be sold out?
Which chicken breed has the quietest, tamest roosters?
Which chicken breed has the quietest, tamest hens??
Why do chicken combs look so different from one another, and what is a comb?
Why do chickens lay different colored eggs?