Baby Chicks Shopping Haul

Updated : Sep 12, 2019 in Articles

Baby Chicks Shopping Haul

– I’m back. It’s Chick Days again
at Tractor Supply Co. This is late summer, fall Chick Days and it runs from July
23rd to September 23rd. Let’s go inside and see what they have. (upbeat country music) (chuckling) It’s Dum-Dum my dandy rooster. It looks just like him. If I paint this white and leave the red it’ll look just like him
’cause he’s that fat. (chuckling) This is a sponsored
video by Tractor Supply. Thank you so much for sponsoring me. Tractor Supply holds
Chick Days in the spring and the late summer fall. Visit During Chick Days, most Tractor Supply’s have live chicks in stores. But if it doesn’t, you can always go to and choose from over 60 breeds year round with free shipping. You start your flock or you
can expand your existing flock and what’s super nice and
convenient about Tractor Supply is they have everything in one stop shopping. Because when you have a
homestead and you’re super busy, it’s very convenient just to come in and just find everything
you need, pay, boom. You’re done, back on the homestead. The employees here are
very nice and helpful because they live the lifestyle, so if you have any questions chances are they’re gonna be able to answer
them for you and help you. I’m personally gonna expand my flock, so that’s what I’m doing here today. So let’s get shoppin’. When you come here, you’re gonna see like a lot of different
kinds of little chick food and you’re gonna be like, well, what do I need to feed
my little chicky babies? You have a wide choice. Okay, here’s the DuMor, which I love, because it’s organic and non-medicated, so for me this is the best. Okay, so of course the first two things that are the most important
for your little chicks are the food and grit. They have to have grit, and even when they’re
teeny-weeny little chicks, they will eat the grit because that helps them digest their food. So I’m definitely getting this. Isn’t this adorable? (giggling) I’m gonna mix the
chicken food and the grit in this together, and then I can just feed the chickens and
they’ll have both together. I just think this is so adorable. That’s one thing I love
about Tractor Supply, is not only do they have the essentials, but they have the cutest extras. Okay, so I have to get some
goodies for my chickens because I do love those things. And they love the mealworm, so I’m definitely gonna
get a big bag of mealworms ’cause this, not only is a
goody in a treat for them, but also adds some animal
protein, which they really need. So I’m gonna get this. And this is so cute. Look, the Party Flock. Oh, this is the mealworms as well. They have Quack Snacks. I have ducks. And they also do sell ducks and turkeys at Tractor Supply as well. So, we have to get some Quack Snacks because we can’t leave the ducks out. They’ll feel bad if we leave them out. All this is good because
it’s the animal protein, which they really need,
and if you want good eggs and you want good egg production and your chickens stay
in a coup all the time. They’re not having to free range ’cause you don’t have the
room or the time or whatever, buying this stuff will really
make a big, big difference in your egg production and
the quality of your eggs. I love this one, the sunflower. Well, I shouldn’t say I love em. My animals love them
and it’s just so funny ’cause it’s like a grocery
store for the animals. (chuckling) Look at all this, they’re
all gonna be so spoiled. But to tell you the truth, part of the joy of having a homestead is going
out and feeding the animals because they just all crowd around you and you can just feed ’em. It’s so much fun, I love it. Okay, here’s the nice little
food containers and water-ers. And what you have to do is, the water-er has the little square hole. You can see that, and then you
just get the plastic bottle. Okay, so we’re gonna get that. And also they have these
little feeders here. And it is pretty convenient because they can’t scratch and spill it all. Also you can fill this up with the food if you have to go away all day and you won’t be there
to take care of ’em. So I’ll get that as well. I love these Fresh Flakes that I put into the bottom of the little chick tub, and let me tell you, when they’re done, when you’re done, they’re
dirty, you gotta clean it, you just put this in the compost pile or you can just put ’em on your flowerbed as kind of like mulch. It works perfect and you
flowers will love it. So you’re like getting
the use out of it and then you’re recycling and you’re
helping your flowers. It works out really good. I really like how hard
Tractor Supply works to get everything you might possibly
need for your chickens. I love to put apple cider vinegar in my water tub, in the summer especially, for the chickens, and look,
here you go, right here. So when I say it’s one
stop shopping, it truly is. Like, who just, they have everything. I’m gonna buy baby chicks today, so I need a tub to put ’em in. I love these troughs as chick tubs and I’m gonna tell you why. You can have double duty with them. You can use these as
planters when you’re done with your little chicky babies. Or these can be great water troughs for like goats, sheep, horses,
pony, a donkey, whatever. You know, a bigger animal,
perfect water trough. Or like I said, you can
poke a couple holes in them and this can be a little garden. You could plant some like tomato plants in here, pepper plants. It’s like a great size, deep for the soil. It’s just awesome, so you can definitely use these for other
things on your homestead after you use ’em for your baby chicks. And today, I think I’m gonna
get this little round one. Alright, so, I need a couple big bags. So I’m gonna get the DuMor,
the 16% layer crumbles. And this is a 40 pound bag. It’s so organic, I love that it’s organic. I just love that and here’s also a DuMor. It’s a little chick starter
and it’s a 50 pound bag. So, awesome little layer crumble. Little crumble for the little baby chicks. I’m gonna make Scott carry all this stuff. Okay, so, when you’re buying
the little chicky babies, you have to have a light to keep ’em warm. And there’s a certain temperature that I’m gonna talk about later that you have to keep you’re
chickens, your little babies. So you have to have a light and you have to have a light holder that clips to the side of the tub. And so, I’m gonna get both of these. I’m getting this and shovel
because what I’m gonna do is clean my coup really well,
it’s a fall cleaning. And it’s preparing the
coup for the winter, and I always do that in the fall just to get everything ready to go. (upbeat electro-country music) Okay, I got my little
chicky babies inside. They are so adorable. I’m gonna show you what they are. Oh my gosh, you gotta
get a good look at this. If that’s not the cutest thing. Look, they’re all, let me turn
this way so you can see ’em. Oh they’re all piled up on each other. Every time I see them they just like bring a smile to my face ’cause they’re just so cute
and fuzzy and adorable. (happy electro-country music) Bye. (happy electro-country music) That was such a fun trip, but
now I’m gonna show you how I get everything ready for
the little chicky babies. And what I start with is
the container right here and the bedding, so of
course that’s very easy. The kids could help with this. Or if you’re just a
first time chicken owner, it’s just so simple if you have everything you need to begin with. Okay, so then you just put a good amount. Not too many because you
are gonna be cleaning it, but you want enough in there,
so you know like whatever, half an inch to an inch on the bottom. Okay, so that looks about right. And I’m gonna lean over this
tub and spread these out. And I like to put the
little chicks in here before I get the water and food. Okay, so let’s see our little darlings. They’re just adorable, like I said. Every single time I see ’em
it just gives me a tickle. And I did get the pullets. I didn’t get the straight run. So the pullets are the little girls, so they’re gonna be
hens when they grow up. And you gotta be very gentle with them because if you hurt their
leg or their little wing when they’re this size
you might not notice, but then when it grows up you’ll be like, oh, there’s something wrong
with my chicken’s leg. And it’s because when they’re this tiny you can hurt them very, very easily. (giggling) They’re so cute. You can just see how they’re all happy in there and just adorable. Okay so, next I’m gonna do the water-er. And what I like to do is
put it right in the middle, so the little chicks can run around this. I have a little stone
here, a little flat stone, and the reason I’m gonna
put this water container up on the little stone, and the reason being if you don’t do that,
the wood chips end up getting in the water like super fast. And then what happens is it just absorbs the water and it makes it really messy. And if you get a little
stone it helps a little. It doesn’t prevent it completely, but it definitely makes a difference. Alright, so now that I have the water the next thing I’m gonna do is the food. The DuMor is just awesome
because it’s organic. I just love that. You gotta give ’em enough,
but don’t give ’em too much. So you gotta get it in there. Okay, so you want to put a good amount. You don’t wanna overfeed them, so if they ate all of this in one day I will not give ’em more. So at nighttime they can digest it all and then they can start
again tomorrow, eating. You don’t wanna give them sour crop. And I’m gonna get the DuMor grit. See how it says chick grit right there? They have to have this, even
from the very, very beginning, as soon as you bring ’em home. And when they eat their grit, they digest the food and get the nutrients out of the food much better. So what I do is I just get some in there and I’ll just give it a little shake, so it’s just kind of in there. And then, of course, we’re
just gonna set that in here. And what I do to get them
started that really helps, is you just use your finger
like it’s the chicken head of the mommy and you go– (metallic rattling) And you have to make that noise. (metallic rattling) And they just can’t resist that. And they come running. And usually once one starts eating the others are like, hey, whattaya doin’? And they’re nosy and they run
over there to investigate. And then they’ll all start eating. One thing they’re absolute gonna need, it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or fall or winter or spring, they’re
gonna need a heat lamp. And that’s because chicks need to be a very specific temperature, especially like the first two weeks of their life. Okay, so what you wanna
do, is this would go under here and the light would go inside. You wanna keep the light to
the side of the container. And I usually do it on
the opposite of the food, so in reality I would
probably put this over here on the edge, and that way
they’ll cuddle under this lamp, and they will stay warm, and then they can get out to run around and eat. You can put the thermometer
in your cage on the floor, so you can make sure you
know what temperature it is. You don’t wanna overcook
your little chicky babies. It’s interesting how they need the heat, but too much heat will easily kill them. How can adjust the heat temperature if I have the thermometer on the floor and it’s too hot, I can raise this. And that will cool it down in there. So this raises and lowers. Alright, now that I have
the little chicky babies all set up and settled in, I’m gonna take care of
the big ones in the coop. And then something that
can just stay in the coop for a long, long time is this Flock Block. Okay, so I just wanna
mention that I always put down like a little
piece of stone or something, so I don’t just set
this thing in the dirt. Oh look at those little brats in there. They love that Flock Block. They’re like standing on it. (chuckling) The hen is like, I’m
queen of the mountain. The good thing about feeding mealworms is like my ducks like it,
my guineas, my chickens. Like all the birds love these. Okay, I’m gonna show you real quick how I tidy up my coop
for the fall winter time. So the first thing I’ll do
is, I’ll just come on in here. Okay, so the first thing I’ll do is just kind of rake any debris,
or whatever, you know, that I see that’s gotten in
here over last several months. We don’t want anybody getting
sick from a dirty coup. Alright, so there’s some feathers
because they were molting. You know I’ll get all that. And so it’s kind of
like a little ecosystem you get going, you know, with the, clean the coop, get the
straw, whatever you need, put in here, put it in the compost. You can grow some vegetables. You can put some of those vegetables back in the coop for the chickens. And it’s like, just starts
becoming a little sustainable ecosystem on your homestead,
and it’s just so awesome. And when you get that
goin’, it feels really good. Alright, so you can see like
I’ve kind of smoothed it out. And you know like just tried to make it a little bit neat and tidy. It doesn’t have to be perfect. And now the last step I’m gonna do is I have a container of
diatomaceous earth here, and what I do is I take a big handful and I’m gonna sprinkle that
all around this henhouse. If you’re having any
problems with lice or mites, what you wanna do is rake
your coop out like this once a week and put down the
diatomaceous earth once a week. Also what I’ll do when I’m in here is I’ll tidy up the nest boxes,
and I’m just gonna show you. I have one both ways. That one, it’s sitting on the lid. This one, it’s the right way up. And what I do is, I’ll just clean ’em up. I’ll put a big bunch of hay in there and the trick is to
turn the hay like this, like spin it, clockwise. And that kind of makes
like a little pre-nest. And then you just spread
it out a little bit. And then that hen will see that and she’ll be like, oh, it’s ready to go. And she’ll jump up there. The next, and last, thing I’ll do is, I have a little stick I’m gonna show you that I just keep in my coop. Ta-da. You can see what I use it for already. It’s my little spiderweb stick, and I’ll just get the spiderwebs down. ‘Cause I just, this is more for me, I’m sure the chickens don’t care. I just don’t like spiderwebs in my coop. I can’t forget to give my little hens some mealworms because
they love these things. Okay, so that was quite a bit of work, but not too bad, and I
usually do that every fall. Why fall? That’s a very good question. I’m gonna tell you the reasons why I love to get any animal in the fall. For the chickens though, there’s
no guessing and wondering when are my chickens
gonna start laying eggs? They’re gonna start laying
eggs the next spring. You don’t have to worry about it. I get a lotta people asking that question when they get their
chickens in the spring. They just don’t know when,
and then a lotta times they’ll lay a couple eggs
and then they’ll stop again for the winter, and it’s just very confusing to a lot of people. If you get your chickens in the fall, you don’t have to worry about that. The next spring they’re
gonna start laying eggs. And just, you know, they’ll just be on their rhythm and lay, you
know, regularly from then. Why raise chickens? Oh, I could go on and on about that. But I’m just gonna tell
you a few quick reasons. Number one for me are
those farm fresh eggs. If you like to cook and you
have a family or friends that you like to have over, and just for yourself personally, it is delicious to have
your farm fresh eggs in your refrigerator or just to walk out your coop and get ’em. I just love to say fresh from the factory just as a little joke, so
that is number one for me. Another reason it’s very good though, it is so good for kids to get in involved in an outside activity
away from the electronics. Not that I’m against them, but you know it’s good to have a variety. So chickens is a great,
easy outdoor activity that the kids can get involved with, and they’re just gonna love it. They’re gonna have so much fun. And it also teaches them
responsibility and compassion, and it’s just really,
really good for them. And all the stuff from Tractor
Supply makes it so easy. Thanks for watching. Don’t forget please hit that
like button and also subscribe. This bag is especially for Dandy, the Flock Party with the raisins in it and the sunflower seeds
’cause he just loves that. That’s for you big boy. We don’t want you to lose
your beautiful figure. Your big basketball figure.


  • Thanks for the video! I’m thinking about getting chicks when I’m older but just the entertainment helps. The baby chicks are adorable!

  • My chickens and ducks and goose(they live together) go CRAZY for their meal worms!(: it's helped a lot with our close bonding!

  • Very nice teaching video Becky. Do your animals get very much real worms on your property? I don't remember you using meal worms before : )

  • It would be so nice if tractor supply stores would let us know what kind of chicks they have on their store sites. . That way we would know if they had what we wanted.

  • I’m an experienced chicken owner who hadn’t had a chick die in 5 years while ordering from hatcheries and local family owned stores. I decided to get chicks from tractor supply one year because it was the only thing available. I got 8. 2 survived. Absolutely ridiculous, as soon as I put them in their brooder they already seemed sick! They’ve given me the wrong breed chicken, a chicken with splayed leg, and a standard sized Cochin that was supposed to be Bantam. Also if you go look at the chicks in that place, a lot of them are either dead or looking very sick. One of my adult chickens got sick from eating those mealworms from tractor supply as well. I’ll never get stuff from there again after having multiple bad experiences.

  • Do you recommendations on how to introduce them to the rest of the chickens? I have a friend who got young chickens and put them with her all hens coop and one of the big fat hens that doesn't lay eggs killed all of them but one:(

  • I remember buying some chicks from one of my local farm supply stores we bought 6 2 barred rocks, 2 brahmas and 2 New Hampshire’s. Of course the store only sold chickens but we realized a couple months in one of our barred rock “chicken” was actually a rooster so that’s always fun, guess I’ll be expecting chicks now. Mine loveeee cherries and tomatoes ❤️

  • when I was a child I looooved to clean and organize the chicken house. I still do… it is one weird hobby of mine 😂 if I was your neighbour becky, I would do it for free in exchange for some pies!

  • This is so helpful! Thank you so much! Do I need any other vitamins or minerals in their water in the beginning?? How about later?

  • I good she's trying to show people this stuff but she doesn't know much of anything about raising chicks and nobody would buy all that for 4 chicks or any chicks at all just feed and water and a tub and when there food or water is empty refill it and they don't need grit at all and they are called CHICKS NOT "CHIKIE BABIES" and seriously they only word she knows is like! And leave the spiders in there the chicken will eat them it's called natural protein!

  • We aren’t rich Becky!!! Tractor supply is EXPENSIVE!!! I personally rather support my local ONE STOP SHOP, I also feel like you are showing us all this but leaving out the PRICES!

  • Love this video! I can’t get enough of watching other people buy chicks! Mine are ALMOST laying age, and I can’t believe they used to be so tiny!

  • The funny thing is that in Caribbean and Mexico and Dominican Republic you get a small bowl for water and a other small bowl for 1.25 dollar bird

    EDIT: I just watched the entire video and that bowl for the chickens is too small baby chickens the chickens need space what we do is we let it run in our back yard in Dominican Republic

  • Just by watching this video i can tell you are extremely under educated when it comes to chickens. Also, tractor supply is far to expensive to purchase everything you need and i would NEVER, EVER buy one of there live birds.

  • By coincidence, I went to TSC today 9/15. They had about 5 or 6 varieties of chicks. They looked very clean and very healthy. However a little child had a large horn and he was banging it on their tub and honking it. The chicks looked lovely, dry and happy and active. I saw a small bag of mealworm for 10.99 and a larger 18.99 bag. Personally I purchased $3.99 saddle soap for my leather. My guess is Becky's cart of chicken supplies and babies were 'free' for her. I think she raises healthy animals and cares for them wonderfully. Some viewers may be jealous of a sponsorship opportunity. It is what it is, more education about what that store has to offer. My Walmart eggs today were $.55/dozen for large, it's a loss leader for them. Cheaper, yes. Healthier? And WITHOUT the Joy of Growing my own. I know 100% those Wmart hens were tortured in their deprived lives before laying my eggs for me. TX Becky for all Your Care, it was Beautiful. And, BTW, this channel is NOT a fashion channel, chickens don't care what your pants look like ~ Be nice.

  • I love going to tractor supply to get my chickens food and supplies and of course buying them go to you and to buy dog food for my dogs and buy them goodies

  • Thanks for The wonderful videos! We are learning so much. Why Do you put apple cider vinegar in their water? How much and how often do you put it in there? Thanks again! We really appreciate and like you

  • I just love your videos! I am going to be a first timer soon. Can I get them any time of year? I was thinking March or so I'll be ready. What are your thoughts? I'm in north Texas. Thanks!

  • You don’t need to buy grit. You can just go down to a local clean creek and pick up a bucket of gravel , sand , and other small rocks.

  • Thank you for all your wonderful ideas. I am hoping to start a little chicken flock this spring, and all of your videos are so fun and inspiring to watch. The most difficult part for me is getting the right hen coop/run. I will keep watching. 😀

  • Also if you live anywhere that gets cold, getting fall chicks is one of the worst ideas on earth. They will, of course, need to be out of the brooder before spring, but they won't be able to keep warm enough and will end up either dying or being in poor health and not laying in the spring.

  • Hey Becky! So sweet chicks!!!
    And a big Store! We havent any stores like this one in Germany. Most of things for chickens we buy online from smal
    companys. We can buy one-day-chicks from big breeding companys, Germany have very big international Companys, but a lot of people dont like this. They look to find another homestater and buy breeding eggs there and made himselfe with a elektrik mother henn. Over the world have people old chicken breeds and this ist a chance to make it alive.
    Greetings from Hamburg! ❤️

  • I don't know if anyone will see this but I am getting my first chicks in the spring and I don't know if I should mix the grit and the chick starter. Anyone know? also if anyone has any trips or tricks I would love to know! Thanks!

  • We have 6 Cornish hens, 8 astrolorps(sp), 6 Orpingtons. In chick stage. The cornish are picking on the astrolorps(sp) because the cornish grow faster. Should I separate them or is this normal and will they work it out without the astrolorps(sp) being killed or maimed?

  • A lot of TSC hate on this post, geeze. Where I live there are 3 feed stores in my localish area and none of them carry organic feed. I go to Tractor Supply for that. I order my meal worms on Amazon, though, $30 for a big ol' 5 pounds bag. Most everything else I get at TSC. I typically get my birds from Cackle, but last fall Chick Days at TSC I picked up 7 California Whites and 1 Easter Egger. One of the Cali's had failure to thrive and didn't make it, but everyone else did great. The Cali Whites even started laying around Christmas time and laid consistently through winter. She's not saying you have to get everything at TSC, she's showing you what you can get –and that you can get everything you need. People need to relax. Go outside and play with your chickens for a while and chill.

  • Thank you for all your videos Becky. I’ve been binge watching and you’re simply a ray of sunshine! I’ve been contemplating raising chickens and you talked me into it. My 4 year old is so excited about building our coop and getting some chickies on our small homestead in the suburbs.

  • I have 🐔 too we also just got peeps there so cute🌞❤😍 I have a gandoghter she loves the chicks😍❤💖 we're painting eggs right now wish I could be there

  • I didn't catch what temperature I need to keep my heat lamp on?

  • Thank you for all of the wonderful videos. I’m getting chicks soon and your videos have helped me a lot ❤️👍

  • I wish our tractor supply had that much chicken stuff during chick days. I couldn't even get a feeder or waterer there. I had to go to orchelans

  • Unfortunately, to order online for TSC, you have to purchase breeds in counts of ten. I want a varied small flock. So ordering online is useless to me.

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