Before You Turn them Loose….
Snap a photo unboxing your chicks and tag us using #MHunboxing.
While you’re sharing your excitement, we’ve compiled a few resources to help
ensure your chicks are off to the best possible start!
Inspect Your Box
When your chicks arrive, check to make sure there are not any stickers or special instructions on the outside or underside of the lid. The lid will list all of your breeds, quantities as well as any leg band information for rare breeds. If you requested our Gender Identification Services, the corner they are located could be marked.
A Heat Pack may be located under the bedding. It will be in a brown paper bag, stamped for identification. Please be aware that the heat pack is not reusable and is not intended to be fed to the chicks.
Elastic Leg Bands are stretchy and go on and come off chicks legs easily. Meyer Hatchery leg bands some of our more difficult breeds to ID based on customer feedback. Find our color-coded leg band identification guide for rare breeds here. Also, if you opted for our Sex Identification Service, your chicks may have a leg band for gender identification purposes.
Now that we have your chicks unboxed, it’s time to get them in the brooder! Chicks can not maintain their own body temperature until they are fully feathered, making your brooder set-up crucial to their success.
New to brooding? Checkout out our Chick Brooding 101: How To Raise Chicks from Arrival to Fully Feathered help desk article out, below. We include everything you need to know to successfully raise chicks and get them ready for the coop!
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