Spring Chicks are Cute, but Think before You Buy

The baby backyard chickens for sale at feed and farm supply stores across Virginia right now are cute, fluffy and bright-eyed. However, in four to five weeks, they will be full-grown chickens that will require necessities to live.

Here is John Hanson, the owner operator of Parksley Livestock Supply on Parksley Road, talking about what you need before you take the plunge:

 

They also need good biosecurity, a program designed to prevent the introduction and transmission of diseases into a flock or herd.

If you are not prepared to offer these necessities, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it is better to look and admire but not take them home.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers six points about biosecurity that all bird owners should follow: restrict access to your property and your birds, practice good sanitation, avoid hauling disease home from other flocks, avoid borrowing disease from your neighbors on tools or equipment, know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases and report sick birds.

Contact your local Cooperative Extension agent, local veterinarian, the Virginia State Veterinarian (804.786.2483), or the USDA Veterinary Services office (866.536.7593) for more information.

For those interested in their own backyard flock, Parksley Livestock Supply is having a small animal buy, sell and swap on  Saturday morning, April 13. Here once again is John with more information: