Bringing home baby chicks? 7 must-have items you need!

Baby Chicks, chickens, taking care of chickens

Are you thinking about bringing home baby chicks? Below you will find a list of 7 must-have items needed when bringing home your little ones.

Our family had been thinking about getting chickens for a while now and finally decided it was time. We have been living more green and organic and thought it would be perfect to have fresh organic eggs on hand to go along with our organic vegetable garden.

Before we headed to Tractor Supply Co. we called our town and made sure we had permission to have chickens before we bought them. Some towns don’t allow chickens so you have to be sure to find out what your town allows beforehand. Luckily we are on the right side of the city to be able to have them.

Baby-Chickens Bringing home baby chicks isn’t really that hard to do but there is some must haves needed when doing so.  Here is a list of the top 7 items I have found that you need to begin with.

  1. Metal Tub or box large enough to accommodate the amount of chicks you have.
  2. Chick Starter Food
  3. Chicken Feeder- we use the 7lb hanging feeder
  4. Chicken Fountain – we use the 1 gallon
  5. Brooder Lamp
  6. Red Heat Bulb
  7. Bedding- we use pine shavings

The whole set-up to start including 6 baby chicks was less than $200. Most of the cost was for the metal tub. They had suggested that we could use a plastic tote but being leery of the heat lamp we decided to spend the $80 on the metal tub. Once the chickens are old enough to be outside I’ll use the tub to make a raised garden in. =)


Our little babes are growing really fast. Be on the lookout for our next post where we will be building them their outdoor coop and run area.

Have you ever brought home baby chicks?



  • Lana Simanovicki

    This is so cool we have chickens also and the kids love it

  • Alysia from My Domestic Dish

    You know what, I definitely want chickens!! We had 2 baby ducks for a very short period of time and those little buggers were smelly. We were only keeping hold of them while my friend fostered some cats (couldn’t be around those! lol) but I’ve wanted some ever since. The steel tub and pine shavings is a fantastic idea… one I’ll definitely have to go with!

  • Ricci

    Baby chicks are too cute!! I’m afraid they are a little fragile for my household right now though!! i have a ild puppy who would be a littler rough with them I’m afraid!! Great tips though!!

  • Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

    Those little chicks are so adorable! I grew up on a farm and now live in the big city of Toronto so I miss seeing things like this in person.

  • Erin

    Ah, this is all fabulous information! We’re talking about getting chickens next year so I’ll have to save this!

  • Krystal

    I’d love to raise my own. What a great way to teach your children a great lesson too!

  • Dogvills

    This is a great resource. I did not know that we needed bulb for baby chicks. It is good to know

  • Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    I had a baby chick when I was little. I wish I had known more!


    Hi Roselynn,
    No they don’t get very loud, so far anyway. =)

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    There is so much to do with young chicks! I would be too nervous if they got too hot or too cold!

  • HilLesha

    How adorable! Personally, I don’t eat eggs anymore. However, I see how something like this would benefit my family down the road since they love eggs.

  • R U S S

    Taking care of chicks, I think, isn’t for everyone. They look so fragile and I find them to need more TLC. But I did bring home two, that was when I was a kid. There was a vendor who sold them near church and the chicks had blue and green feathers so I bugged my parents to get me a pair. Sadly, I wasnt able to take good care of them properly.

  • lisa @bitesforbabies

    They are so darn cute! I never would have thought ot caring for baby chicks…those are great tips!

  • Nina Say

    WOW, taking care of baby chicks is a LOT of work! It looks like a lot of fun, though.

  • Roselynn

    Baby chicks in your home must be quite the adventure, do they get really loud? We have been thinking of doing the same thing, but are still pretty divided about the pros and cons.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These little baby chicks are so adorable. I love how tiny they are. I look forward to reading all about them.

  • Lynndee

    This reminds me of home. My mom has a chicken coop and she has a lot of chickens and chicks. I remember checking if there were eggs. It was fun!

  • Jeanine

    How adorable! I won’t ever be bringing baby Chick’s home but this is some great info! I remember in grade school we did a whole thing on eggs and Chick’s! So fun!

  • Rosey

    My husband is a mailman and he said he’s getting so many chicks orders lately. I find it so odd that live chicks are mailed. Seems like the chicks wouldn’t be overly pleased with such a delivery process, oy!

  • Chubskulit Rose

    I would love to have some baby chicks if we live in a farm. Not allowed in this area but great tiops you have here.

  • Alli

    My daughter brought home baby chicks once and had the same set-up. She had them for a photography session and then donated them to our neighbors who raise chickens after the photo session was over. A friend of mine raises her own chickens and has been trying to talk me into it. I’m still thinking about it. 🙂

  • Raijean

    My son would love to have a chick. I may actually get him one. Thanks for the tips.

  • CourtneyLynne

    omg how cute are these chicks?!?! What great tips. I have a friend that just got a new chick the other day. They are just too cute when they are little.

  • Tammilee TIps

    I have always thought it would be fun to raise chickens! We travel to much to do it but this is great information to have.


    lol Terry, yep I already do lol. =)

  • lisa M

    Great post! I shared it on my Facebook page! I hope you don’t mind!

    Lisa Murano

  • Shirley Wood

    We have discussed the possibility of getting some chickens. We have dogs though and don’t think they will tolerate their new mates well. It’s not off the table though, we may eventually build a coop and try it. We are rural so it is cool here, our neighbors rooster crows quite often which I love. Those baby chick are too cute!

  • Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I appreciate your post Bonnie but I would be appalled if my daughter brought a baby chick home! What would my cats do??? But thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Olivia Schwab

    These are great tips for someone who would bring home chicks! I don’t think I ever will but I remember loving them when we got them in my first grade class!

  • Diana Villa

    They are so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful tips and beautiful photos 😀 😀

  • Terry

    My friend raised chicks from babies. They are now like her kids and she talks to them. You just wait… you will too. LOL You probably already do.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    We’ve talked about doing this for eggs, but we realized we’re too busy to give the chickens proper care. It would be SO much fun, though!

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers

    What an informative post for chicken owners. I haven’t had any myself since moving to the city. I miss hearing the roosters but I don’t have a yard here (by preference) so I can’t have any.

  • Melissa Pezza

    That is so neat! I’d love to raise chickens, but we’re not zoned for it here. =(

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I have never known anyone who had baby chicks in real life before, so this was interesting to read. I never would have known what to do with them.

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