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.
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Chicks are both precious &
Correct knowledge and care is necessary to protect these
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.
Chick of Your Own
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:
you know the temperatures your chick needs to be kept at until it has grown its
Week 1: _____ Week 2: _____ Week 3: _____ Week 4:
_____ Week 5: _____ Week 6: _____
your cage or pen (brooder) have areas where the chick can go to get warmer or
cooler as it needs to? _______
kind of flooring will you provide for your chick? ______________
Don’t use newspaper or bare cardboard, because slippery flooring can cause Splayed
winter comes, will you be able provide a warm shelter, and change frozen water
you be able to provide a coop with at least 2 feet X 2 feet floor space for each
chicken when they grow up? _______
you have at least two (or three—in case one dies) chicks so your young chick is
never isolated and distressed? _______
many chicks/chickens do your neighborhood zoning or housing regulations allow
your family to have? _______ hens, ________ roosters
your chick turns out to be a rooster you can’t keep, to whom can you give him?
you decide to not keep your chicken when it’s older, where will you rehome it?
kind of food will you feed your chick? _______________________
you know the dangers of feeding adult chicken feed, bread, seeds, grain, or long
pieces of grass to chicks? _______
you know how to determine if your chick needs to eat grit? _______
you know how to spot and treat “pasty butt”? __________________________________________
will you limit the number times each day a chick is picked up or handed from
one person to another? _______________________________
prevent dropping, children under what age will be required to be sitting down
when holding a chick? ______
you be able to provide reliable protection for keeping curious cats or dogs,
and wildlife away from your chicken? _______
on your new pet!
We hope you and your chick enjoy your new friendship!