Tractor supply chicks
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How well do you know your local Tractor Supply employees? Do you believe they know the difference between breeds, and understand what they ordered? There was more than one instance last year when Cornish X were sold as Leghorn pullets. Not a good thing if you want layers.
I wouldn't get hatchery straight run if I wanted pullets. Only get straight run if you also want chicken dinners. You stand the chance of getting males even with sexed pullets, and a LOT of males with straight run.
Tractor Supply tends to only offer a narrow variety of breeds. Not a bad thing if you don't have a breed in mind.
I am not sure if they get vaccinated chicks. My guess would be no. However I do not vaccinate the ones I hatch here, so it isn't a concern for me. If you have a virulent strain of Marek's where you are your decision will be different.
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Edited by realsis - 2/11/16 at 5:48pm
Went there to get 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Australorps and 2 Speckled Sussex, I got the sussex but I got 4 Australorps instead of 2 Barred Rocks. I didn't know that the Barred Rock chicks have a light dot on the top of their heads. Neither did the folks at TSC. Oh well I am sure these 4 Australorps will be great chickens. Just wanted a little bred variety.
My TSC is in Jacksonville Fl. You must buy 6 chicks, or 12, or 18 etc.. They do not label them correctly because they do not have knowledge of chicks, and neither did my husband, lol. Therefore I ended up with an Australorp, she is 11 months and has yet to lay an egg. We wanted leghorns, BSL, and RSL. We bought 18 chicks, 8 were pullets..... One was also a cochin, it was also a roo. I will never let my husband buy chicks there again. Actually I don't let my husband pick out chicks unless I am there now. And the only reason I would not use TSC again is because of the fact that we got wrong breeds, not because we ended up with 10 roos. I do understand what straightrun can me if I buy them.
Edited by AuntNomi - 2/11/16 at 7:02pm
TSC has a minimum of 6 chicks. You can mix the chicks from all the containers.
Like other people mentioned some employees at TSC don't know the difference between breeds so you may get some chicks that are not what they said. Also some TSC employees allow you to select which chick you want, others they just grab any chick in the bin and put it in the box. Good luck
The one in my town has employees who just sell chicks, that's as far as their knowledge goes and they aren't interested in it past that but with that said my daughter bought 12 straight run chicks from them and only two were roosters. Their minimum here is 6 but you can buy any number after that they don't have to be in groups of 6. And with ducks it's a minimum of 4
Edited by JetCat - 2/12/16 at 7:55am