Get Your Fall Chicks Flock Started Now
However, Fall or Winter can be successful seasons to get a jump start on next year’s flock. There are advantages to getting Fall chicks instead of waiting for springtime. Listed below are a few of them. You can get chicks at all 25 of our store locations! Find your local store, here
Tentative Store Delivery Dates:
Idaho, Utah (including Elko & Yuma) Store – Sept 4th, 11th, & 18th
Arizona (excluding elko & Yuma), Nevada Stores – October 9th, 16th & 23rd.
- Acclimating New Fall Chicks to Hot Climates.
Extremely hot weather can be very hard on animals living outdoors. A good portion of the United States is in hot to very hot climates. Chickens of all ages can struggle with adjusting to scorching temperatures. Starting your flock in the fall allows your chicks to make a smooth transition from an indoor brooder box to an outdoor coop.
- Shipping Fall Chicks
Being too hot is as dangerous as being too cold for baby birds. Chicks lack the ability to regulate and maintain a stable internal body temperature regardless of external influence also known as homeothermy. It takes a few days after being hatched for baby chicks to develop internal thermoregulation.
Before hatching, a newborn chick absorbs all the remaining nutrients inside of the egg. Those nutrients allow a chick to live for three days without food or water. Chicks are shipped via the post office from hatcheries when they are just a day old. As mentioned before, a chick can live without food or water while being over-night delivered, but it cannot regulate its body temperature. Fall and Winter are the best times of year to get mail ordered chicks in the very hot regions of the United States.
- Staggering Your Flock
When getting your first flock it may be enticing to buy the maximum number allowed all at once. There are big disadvantages to having all your flock aged the same. The main reason is egg production. All your hens will be either too young and too old for egg production at the same time.
Chickens tend to molt on a predictable schedule. Getting Fall chicks would put some of your flock on a different molting timeline than your Spring and Summer born chicks. Molting disrupts egg production. One way to keep egg production going year-round is to stagger your hen’s molting schedules by staggering their birthdays.
On average, a hen will not begin laying until she is about 6 months old or older. Getting your flock in fall ensures that you will be enjoying eggs all summer long.
This upcoming fall, C-A-L Ranch will be carrying a few different breeds of fall chicks.
Special orders of 10 regular chicks or 30 Bantam chicks can be pleased with your local store
Cornish Cross Broiler
This is the bird that single-handedly changed American eating habits. Before Cornish Cross Broilers were developed, a chicken dinner was a rare treat reserved for special occasions. Pre-Cornish Cross era chickens grew slowly while eating plenty of feed. Their meat was tasty but sparse. The Cornish Cross broiler made broiler production efficient, and today it’s often the most inexpensive meat the grocery store sells.
Cornish Cross Broilers require special feeding and care but grow astonishingly fast. They weigh nearly six pounds when only six weeks old by efficiently converting feed into flesh. Cornish Cross Broilers are the best choice for a person who wants to quickly produce delicious meat and has no plan to save hens for egg production.
Approx. 140 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Weight: Male 9-11 lbs. Female 6-7 lbs.
Poultry breeders worked magic creating the Red Ranger, a broiler bird that doesn’t need the special care of the Cornish Cross yet produces a meaty body relatively quickly. The breast meat of the Red Ranger is in natural proportion to the leg meat. The Red Ranger has strong legs with dark red feathers and black feathered highlights. If you want a meat bird considered an excellent forager, able to withstand the environment of the free range or natural living. Rangers can be raised with standard heavy breed chickens as well. They are the best bird for a small flock owner wanting fast growing meat birds that are relatively easy to raise. Most Rangers are reddish colored but a few can be mostly white and will finish out at about 12 weeks of age.
Approx. 175 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Weight: Male 8-10 lbs. Female 6-7 lbs.
The Delaware breed was developed in 1940 by George Ellis in the state of Delaware. These hardy birds make great dual-purpose breeds to add to any flock. They have white plumage with some black barring on the feather ends of their hackles. This breed matures quickly and the hens make great egg layers. The Delaware breed does well in free range environments and this should be kept in mind when selecting these birds for your backyard or farm. This breed also tends to be calm and docile.
Approx. 260 Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Weight: Male 8.5 lbs. Female 6.5 lbs.
This perfect backyard chicken is named after India’s Brahmaputra River. The breed probably came to the United States in the Nineteenth Century sailing ships or it may have been developed here from other Asian breeds. Either way, Brahmas are enormous. Hens weigh about ten pounds with loose fluffy feathers that make them look even bigger. Feathers cover their feet and shanks, keeping them winter warm. Their docile, gentle quiet temperament makes them one of the best breeds around children, and make attentive mothers.
Approx. 200 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color Brown | Mature Weight: Male 12-13 lbs. Female 10 lbs.
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*Breeds may vary by store.