Surprise! Why Day Old Chicks Might Not Be The Best Gift
Gift giving: the anticipation of the surprise and the reaction of the receiver. Sometimes not always what we hoped for, but it’s the thought that counts. When planning a gift as exciting as live chicks, always consider the pros and cons. For example, impulse purchases are a good thing to avoid and keeping in mind that gifting a living animal as a surprise can be a challenge if not planned for in advance. While it may seem like a good idea at the time, depending on your giftee’s setup, day-old chicks don’t always make a good gift.
When planning the gift, consider the following:
- Does the recipient have time for daily exercise, interaction, and general care?
- How often is this person at home?
- Does the recipient have allergies or other conditions that would conflict with caring for this animal?
- Will this new animal get along with or need to be introduced to any existing pets?
- Does this animal fit the recipient’s lifestyle best? How active is this person?
- Who is the gift for? If the gift is for a child make sure the parent or guardian is welcome to it.
When preparing, make sure a brooder is set up with the correct temperature at least 24-48 hours in advance of receiving the animals. This will allow them to adjust to their new surroundings easily and will also be less stressful for everyone involved.
Be mindful of the feed requirements for each stage of life. This is to ensure their health and proper growth as they mature.
Once they are ready to be moved outside, what kind of environment will the animal live in? Does the building or residence have any restrictions on certain types or number of animals that can be housed there? Housing/space requirements will vary for each stage of life.
Also, be mindful of predators in your area. Has the new housing been prepared to keep them safe? Coop maintenance is ongoing throughout the year to ensure the health and safety of your flock. Not just from predators but internal and external parasites as well.
When arranging for this gift, contemplate planning with the receiver. A gift certificate is a great alternative to give the giftee time to prepare for a gift as big as an animal, which should always come from a trusted source. Gifting poultry is a great idea when the receiver or entire family is aware. Poultry require daily care and maintenance. It should not be a spur of the moment decision. Feel free to call, chat or email us to answer any poultry related questions you may have.
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