Easter Chicks as Gifts or Prizes

In springtime, chicks are sometimes given as gifts or prizes. Those who give the chicks need to help ensure that recipients will have a positive experience, and that chicks will not suffer.

The questionnaire below can be printed out to help recipients review their readiness for raising a chick.

Click here for Printable Copy.


Chicks are both precious & fragile!

Correct knowledge and care is necessary to protect these little ones.

Chicks need your help to be safe from hazards they can experience:

Being chilled, legs or wings being broken, internal injuries, digestive distress, deformities while growing, misery, pain, loneliness, and extreme fear.


 A Chick of Your Own

You will want to care for your chick in the tender way it deserves and needs.
If you are considering getting your own chick, below are questions to help you be sure you are ready:

 

ENVIRONMENT

1.   Do you know the temperatures your chick needs to be kept at until it has grown its feathers?
Week 1: _____      Week 2: _____ Week 3: _____    Week 4: _____     Week 5: _____    Week 6: _____        

2.   Will your cage or pen (brooder) have areas where the chick can go to get warmer or cooler as it needs to? _______

3.   What kind of flooring will you provide for your chick? ______________
   (Hint: Don’t use newspaper or bare cardboard, because slippery flooring can cause Splayed Leg deformities.)

4.   When winter comes, will you be able provide a warm shelter, and change frozen water frequently? _______

5.   Will you be able to provide a coop with at least 2 feet X 2 feet floor space for each chicken when they grow up? _______

 

COMPANIONSHIP

1.   Will you have at least two (or three—in case one dies) chicks so your young chick is never isolated and distressed? _______

2.   How many chicks/chickens do your neighborhood zoning or housing regulations allow your family to have? _______ hens, ________ roosters

3.   If your chick turns out to be a rooster you can’t keep, to whom can you give him? ____________________

4.   If you decide to not keep your chicken when it’s older, where will you rehome it? ____________________

 

FOOD

1.   What kind of food will you feed your chick? _______________________

2.   Do you know the dangers of feeding adult chicken feed, bread, seeds, grain, or long pieces of grass to chicks? _______

3.   Do you know how to determine if your chick needs to eat grit? _______

4.   Do you know how to spot and treat “pasty butt”?  __________________________________________

 

PROTECTION

1.   How will you limit the number times each day a chick is picked up or handed from one person to another? _______________________________

2.   To prevent dropping, children under what age will be required to be sitting down when holding a chick? ______

3.   Will you be able to provide reliable protection for keeping curious cats or dogs, and wildlife away from your chicken? _______

 

Congratulations on your new pet!

We hope you and your chick enjoy your new friendship!