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Welcome to the Bizzy Barnyard Help Center. Below you will find a collection of some of the most frequently asked questions about chickens, and their care. However, if you still have additional questions after consulting our list of FAQs, then please get in touch directly and we will be happy to answer any other inquiries.

  • How long do chicks have to be under a heat lamp?
    Usually 5-6 weeks after the hatch, but you can do less depending on the weather and where they are living.
  • Do the eggs have to be refrigerated?
    No, you do not have to refrigerate the eggs, and they can be kept on your counter for multiple weeks before use. However, your eggs will last longer if kept in the fridge.
  • What age do chickens start to lay eggs?
    They start laying eggs at about 6 months, but the age varies for different breeds.
  • How can you tell if your chick is a boy or a girl?
    When young, unless the breed is autosexing (like a Cream Legbar), it will be very difficult to determine the sex of your chick. Some chicks can start to show signs at 4-5 weeks, but others you may not know the gender of until they crow or lay an egg. If your chick is a roo, it may have a redder comb, larger legs, and be bigger compared to the others.
  • What breed makes the best pet?
    There are many breeds of chicken that are very docile, but we have found that Silkies, Cochins, and Orpingtons are very gentle and sociable. However, most breeds that have been handraised since chicks can be very attached and loving to their family.
  • Why are my chickens laying less?
    In the winter, laying hens tend to lay less eggs due to the reduced sunlight. Do not worry if your production slows down; there is nothing wrong with your hens. During this time they may also molt (shedding their old feathers to get new ones). The hens will use all their energy to replenish their feathers, as well as take a "rest" from laying. Their egg production should pick up when the daylight begins to lengthen again.
  • How do I set up an appointment?
    You can set up an appointment to get hens/pullets, roosters, fresh or fertilized eggs, or baby chicks by emailing us at We look forward to hearing from you!
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