Bomgaars BLOG: New Chicks - Coming Soon!

Bomgaars BLOG: New Chicks – Bomgaars Orders & What to Expect
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Chicks are coming soon to the Bomgaars stores Near You on the following schedule:
      Due to the request of local producers, we don’t have chicks in Storm Lake and Eagle Grove. 

  • Feb 28th (certain far west stores excluded) – 0009-0415 ISA Browns, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • Mar 14th - 0009-3790 Sapphire Gems, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • Mar 28th - 0009-3089 Americanas, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • Apr 11th - 0009-0100 Hatcher Choice Ducks, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • Apr 25th - 0009-0671 Barred Rocks, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • May 9th - 0009-4440 Easter Eggers, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • May 23rd - 0009-0704 Black Australorps, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks
  • Jun 6th - 0009-0762 Buff Orpingtons, 0009-0316 Rhode Island Reds, and 0009-0358 Cornish Rocks

Each of these weeks, we will also order Rhode Island Reds and Cornish Rock Broilers for each store.

Stores will place their own orders in between these weeks. 

Download the full list of chicks here:

Retails: DOWNLOAD THE BOMGAARS CHICK RETAILS
SKU Numbers: DOWNLOAD THE BOMGAARS CHICK SKU NUMBER LIST
Give the kids something fun to do!!! Download a Baby Chick Coloring Page -- ps.. if you post it online make sure you tag #BomgaarSupply and use #followthechirp or you can share it with your local Bomgaars store on your next visit.

What to Expect:
You’ve just arrived home with a brimming box of peeping chicks, how exciting! The journey you are about to embark on is an exciting one, so get ready to learn about chick life stages and love those new fluffy creatures.

What to Expect – Week 1:

  • Before you go to pick up your new chicks, make sure the brooder is ready to go at home. This will prevent any unnecessary stress, for both you and the chicks.
  • Expect some peeping as the chicks get acquainted in their new environment, learning to drink and eat. They will likely do this for 4 or 5 days.
  • If the peeping seems to be excessive, make sure you evaluate the brooder for anything that may be causing distress.
  • A good indicator on temperature is to evaluate where the chicks are located. If they are spread out, they are likely comfortable.

HELPING BABY CHICKS THRIVE – Learn the basics

  • If they are huddled under the heat source, they may be too cold and temperature adjustments should be made.
  • If they are on the edges of the brooder (not under the heat source) then they are likely too hot.
  • Don’t forget, the journey to their new home was a long one, so consider providing some bottled water with vitamins and electrolytes for the first 3 days.

Chick Life Stages: What to Expect – Weeks 2-3:

  • After the first week, their down will start to turn into feathers, and by week 4 you can expect to see more feathers than down.
  • With adequate food, water and proper temperature, your chicks should be acclimating quite well to their new home.
  • Don’t forget the importance of brooder maintenance during this time.
  • To keep odors at bay and cleanliness paramount, make sure you are cleaning out the brooder once a week and adding fresh shavings.
  • Place the waterer in the corner to prevent dampness throughout the entire brooder.

What to Expect – Weeks 4 – 6:

  • At this time, you may notice your chicks starting to test their wings.
  • At week 6, the brooder is likely getting a little crowded, and you should consider the transition outside to the coop.
  • It’s wise to choose a nice day to do this, as it will be less of a shock to the birds.
  • It’s important to note that during this transition, you should make sure your chicks are fully feathered so they are prepared for the elements.
  • A gradual integration of new chicks with mature hens may be necessary to prevent older birds from picking on the young birds.
  • A good option is to separate the two groups with a gate or some fencing, so they can be exposed to one another before being fully integrated.

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