The birds are singing, the flowers blooming, and chicks are arriving to farms all over the country.
When I think of getting chicks for the season I traditionally think of ordering chicks in a catalog online, in February, and then them arriving sometime in the spring.
I think most homesteaders and small farmers probably get chicks in the spring time.
This year we are trying something different, we decided to buy chicks in the fall.
If you are buying egg laying chickens, fall is a better time to be raising chicks.
If you raise chicks in the spring, by the time they get to point of lay, the days are getting shorter and the egg laying slows down.
Your first year you will get very few eggs, compared to getting chicks in the fall. In the fall, the chicks wills spend the winter months growing, and by spring they will start laying, enjoying a full spring and summer to lay LOTS of far fresh goodness.
On top of the timing working out better, you can usually get the chickens cheaper in the fall.
The chickens we purchased had a list price of $2.50 each, buy at the end of the season many feed stores are eager to sell off their supply, and they offered us a discount, $1.50 per bird, if we would buy just 2 more birds.
Fall is great for apple picking, pumpkin pies, it also is a great time to consider raising some chicks!