Posts Tagged ‘chicks’

Chicks at Belmont Feed and Seed, Feb. 5 or 6


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.

Salmonella Linked to Hatchery Chicks


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.

Salmonella Linked to Hatchery Chicks


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.

Incubation: A Word from Martha Boyd (Angelic Organics Learning Center)


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!

Poultry at Feed Store, Harlem and 55, Summit, IL


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.

2/14/2012: Chicks have arrived at Belmont Feed and Seed


Chicks are coming today to
Belmont Feed & Seed
(773) 588-1144
3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

-Rhode Island Reds
-Isa Browns (Red Stars)
-Black Astralorps
-Buff Orpingtons
-Araucanas / Americanas
-Barred Rocks
-Golden Laced Wyandottes
-Silver Laced Wyandottes
-Assorted Bantams

Please call before driving in to confirm their arrival. Sometimes they
take 2 days for delivery.

Belmont Feed and Seed Ordering Chicks for Spring 2012


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 aandd8703@sbcglobal.net. Tell her I sent you!