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Ya well my local tractor supply is in Lewistown pa by Walmart and lowes
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Tractor Supply has some company-wide policies but a whole lot is left up to the individual managers at each individual store. Some managers know a lot about chickens but a lot don’t. Some employees that take care of them know a lot about chickens, a lot don’t. You’ll get inconsistent results from one store to another.

My TSC typically has six or seven bins. They offer ducks, bantams, broilers, and the others are regular chicks but the tags can vary. Those bins can change week to week as new chicks come in. Last year one bin was labelled ISA Browns. When I saw them there were two red ones left and a huge number of yellows. They did not realize those were Red Sex Links but many people getting the chicks obviously did. Mine normally has one bin marked “pullets”. If they are not marked “pullets” I assume they are straight run.

The six chick minimum is a way to try to avoid animal cruelty. It helps reduce the chances of someone buying just one or two chicks and giving them as a present to some kid living in an apartment that doesn’t want them or can’t handle them. That kind of thing happens a lot more than many people would think, especially around Easter. You can’t legislate stupid but you can try to lessen its effects.

One big improvement I’ve seen lately is that they no longer have the bins where customers can pick up a chick to look at it and put it back in the wrong bin. They have walls around the bins. That kind of thing can still happen if the employees don’t know what they are doing but that has helped a lot. You can still get some mixed like this but if it’s only the employees handling them it’s less likely.

Some people are much better than others at picking out pullets, or at least avoiding some that are most likely males. That means that if someone with experience is there first, most of the ones left may be male from a straight run bin. There is a trap associated with this too. The males are often the bravest and most curious. They have personality. They are the ones you are most likely to fall in love with. “OH, I have to have that one. It has personality”. Actually, HE has personality. You want a healthy chick but one that sort of hangs back instead of stepping out front if you want pullets.

Some Tractor Supply store manages will accept orders for specific chicks. They will just add them to their regular order and you can pick them up when they come in. It’s a way to get around the minimum most hatcheries have and you get exactly what you want. Mine won’t do that but a few will.

Tractor Supply or other feed store chicks come from a hatchery. Mine normally come from Privett out in New Mexico. Oher Tractor Supply stores use other hatcheries. These are just hatchery chicks. There is nothing wrong with the chicks. But the more middlemen there are handling them the more likely there is to be some kind of mix-up on sex or breed. The experience and knowledge of the people handling the chicks can play a big part in how big a chance of a mix-up there is.

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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