Lidia at Belmont Feed and Seed will have chicks the beginning of next week.
Just an update on our chick shipment:
Our first hatch of chicks are to come in the first week of February. They will be shipped on February 4th, due to arrive on the 5th or the 6th of February.
We have: Araucana/Americauna, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Black Austrolorps, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Isa Browns (Red Stars), all Pullets and all vaccinated for Mareks. All supplies are in. Plan to come in and make your selection.
All supplies are in.
Plan to come in and make your selection.
For more information on Belmont Feed and Seed, see the Resources tab.
In response to the recent article in the Chicago Tribune’s Health section on the dangers of raising chickens, here is a blog post that I wrote earlier this year.
An article on Yahoo News documented over 300 cases of Salmonella illness, linked to one hatchery, between 2004 and 2012. Alarming? I’d say not – that is just under 40 cases per year. However, the CDC advises that children under 5 not be allowed to touch chickens at all. There is also a risk of salmonella with reptiles.
As one member of a discussion group I’m part of pointed out, kids have a greater chance of being injured by an automobile. While the symptoms of Salmonella include bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach pain, the illness is rarely fatal.
As with other pets, practice good hygiene by washing hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water after touching animals and especially after coming into contact with poop.
An article on Yahoo News yesterday documented over 300 cases of Salmonella illness, linked to one hatchery, between 2004 and 2012. Alarming? I’d say not – that is just under 40 cases per year. However, the CDC advises that children under 5 not be allowed to touch chickens at all.
As one member of a discussion group I’m part of pointed out, kids have a greater chance of being injured by an automobile. Symptoms of Salmonella include bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach pain, and the illness is rarely fatal. As with other pets, practice good hygiene, washing hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water after touching animals and especially after coming into contact with poop.
For those teachers out there who are weighing the pros and cons of an embryology unit, here is a thoughtful post on incubation.
Also check out my post about how I got started with chickens. An embryology project kicked off my love of chickens, and we did the “window on a chick” thing – cutting an opening in the eggshell to see it develop. This chick died, which made me very sad. If you choose to go the hatching route, you can see the blood vessel networking forming, the heart beating, and the chick developing with effective candling! No need for egg windows!
As of April 10, 2012,the Feed Store (Harlem and 55) currently has
- sexed ISA brown and black Australorp pullets
- straight-run Javas and coturnix quail
Will be getting on 4/20
- sexed ISA browns, buff Orpingtons, silver-laced Wyandottes, araucanas
- unsexed bronze and white turkeys
- mallard, Pekin, and blue Swede ducks
For a link to their location, see the Resources tab.
Chicks are coming today to
Belmont Feed & Seed
3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
-Rhode Island Reds
-Isa Browns (Red Stars)
-Araucanas / Americanas
-Golden Laced Wyandottes
-Silver Laced Wyandottes
Please call before driving in to confirm their arrival. Sometimes they
take 2 days for delivery.
Spring is almost here and Belmont Feed and Seed is preparing for the first order of chicks.
The hatchery will ship out the first order on February 13, so the chicks should be here by the 15th. The current order includes
- Rhode Island Reds
- Barred Rocks
- Golden-Laced Wyandottes
- Silver-Laced Wyandottes
- Araucanas / Ameraucanas
- Black Australorps
- Buff Orpingtons
Contact Lidia if there are other breeds you’d like to have: (773) 588-1144 or email@example.com. Tell her I sent you!
With the holidays approaching, I’m sure you chicken fanciers are perplexed about how to spread the chicken love with those who just don’t get your fowl proclivities.
Might I suggest spreading holiday cheer by giving… chickens!!
Heifer International, a 501(c)(3) charity, takes donations and uses the money to purchase farm animals for poor families in two-thirds world countries.
“Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.
By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.”
You can present a loved one with a certificate for a flock of chicks that was given to a needy family in Peru for as little as $20! Other options include ducks, rabbits, sheep, cows, and water buffalo.
Consider alternative giving for the holidays and share your love of chickens!
You can find more information about giving chicks through Heifer International on this page from the Heifer site.
An outbreak of 25 cases of Salomonella Altona has been linked to chicks and ducklings in the eastern United States, including NC, PA, OH, and IN.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The disease can be diagnosed with a stool sample. Onset takes 2-3 weeks, and symptoms usually last 4-7 days.
For more information and tips to protect yourself from Salmonella Altona, read the full post on the Center for Disease Control’s website.
One of my Oak Park clients is writing for Patch.com! She emailed earlier this year with a definitive “I am ready for chickens!” and asked for my Home to Roost package deal! I scoped out the yard, gave tips and pointers, checked on the new babies, and responded to a call when one of them died. Read all about it here! We Have Chickens!