Baby Chick Season Is Here!

chickens keller tx

We stock everything you need to get your backyard flock laying eggs. Our chicks are 1 day old when we receive them. We stock feeders, waterers, feed, grits, supplements and vitamins. We even have treats for them. We have chicken coop kits that you can assemble, or all the supplies you need to build your own backyard coop from scratch.

Hatch date 1/24/18:
100 - Rhode Island Reds
50 - Barred Rocks
50 - Buff Orpingtons
100 - Ameraucanas
50 - Gold Wyandottes

Hatch date 2/14/18:
50 - Golden Lakenvelders

Hatch date 2/28/18:
50 - Rhode Island Reds
50 - Barred Rocks
50 - Black Australorps
100 - Ameraucanas
100 - Dominiques
50 - Cuckoo Marans

Hatch date 3/26/18:
80 - Golden Sexlinks
100 - Rhode Island Reds
50 - Buff Orpingtons

Hatch date 3/28/18:
150 - Cuckoo Marans
50 - Welsummers

Hatch date 4/4/18:
50 - Golden Lakenvelders

The chicks don't always hatch on the date the hatchery expects, so this could delay their arrival to us by a day or two. They may also substitute some breeds for others. Call us for an update on chick arrivals. 817-431-3551 or email us

Taking Care of Chicks

We recommend that your baby chicks eat starter crumbles from 1 day of birth until they reach 8-9 weeks old. At this point you can leave them on the starter crumbles, or switch them to a grower feed until they reach 18-20 weeks old. Once they have started to feather out, they can be moved to a layer feed. Layer feed is available in pellets or crumbles. Which one you need is a personal preference. Some people find that the chickens will "scratch" or "peck" the crumbles out of the feeders, and thus have more waste than when they feed a pellet. Some people find their chickens don't like to eat pellets. It's trial and error. If you're set up allows for it, let the chickens out of their pen to free range when they are old enough. They will find bugs and worms to eat and also get some exercise and make for a happier flock. You can also toss your food scraps to your chickens. While you should treat this as more of a desert than a food source, since their poultry feed has all the nutrients in it that they need, you will find that they enjoy scraps. After dinner, throw them your corn cobs or other vegetables. They'll love it.

Baby chicks also need to have access to a heat lamp until they start to fully feather out. They need a red heat bulb, not just a high wattage lamp. A heat bulb on one side of their enclosure is usually fine, allowing them to gather under it when they are cold, and move away from it when they are hot. Most people will keep their babies in a decent sized cardboard box or plastic container until they get big enough to start jumping out of it. The important thing is to make sure they have enough room to eat, drink, and get out of the heat from the bulb.

For bedding we recommend a bag of pine shavings to put in their container when they are young. It's easy to clean and replace, and will make your container a bit cleaner and last longer.

Chickens will usually start to lay eggs at around 6 months of age. Expect them to lay at a rate of 1 egg every day or two. This is dependent on many factors, from the chicken itself to the weather. You won't always get an egg a day. They may stop laying all together for periods of time. Again, many things can cause this and it does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. Chickens will produce eggs up through 3 years of age. Laying can be extended past that through a good diet and proper nutrition. These are all just approximations. All animals are different, and many outside factors can impact time lines. Be patient and enjoy your flock.

As with any animal, always make sure your birds have access to plenty of fresh water, especially in the hot summer months.