We are hoping to purchase our first chicks this spring for egg laying, and then also some meat birds. I know Country Max brings in chicks in a couple of months, but is that a good way to purchase chicks? Obviously I want healthy birds, but I'd also like chicks where Mom and Pop are well cared for. I don't want to purchase chicks from a factory where the parents never see daylight.
I am very familiar with this in regards to dogs, but not with chickens. Can someone enlighten me on what to look for, where may be a good starting point, etc?