I had quite the adventure this weekend when I headed out to get some information on my chicken project. First off I went to Shopper Supply. This was the first and only place I would make it to. I actually had no problems there other than the guy I talked to was not real knowledgeable on the breeds of chickens that they would be getting in.
I then ventured out to find Des Moines Feed and Nursery. I actually headed the wrong direction first. Then realized that I googled the completely wrong place (I googled Des Moines Seed). When I finally got to where I needed to be (on the other side of town) they were closed. Dang.
So here is the information I came home with.
I can start my brooder for pretty cheap. I have decided to use a large rubbermaid tote to keep them in for about the first 6-8 weeks. I already have one so this won't cost anything. Here is what my other costs are looking like.
Heat Lamp $6.49
Chick Feeder $4.19 (they have one for $3.19, but I want this metal one)
Chick Food 40# $10.99
Pine Bedding ? I have to check into this.
Thermometer ? I have to check into this.
I don't think I will be getting my chicks from Shopper. I am going to call Des Moines Feed tomorrow and see what they have to offer me. Shopper did say their chicks run around $2 each. They just order a large variety of birds in and you just come in and take home what you want. He wasn't real sure how I would know if they were male or female. I don't like that since I can't and don't want roosters. I do have a contact name of someone there to call on Wednesday if I had any more questions. Once I check into Des Moines Feed and Nursery I will let you in on what I find out.