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How to avoid buying sick chickens

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I'm a beginner and it Just seems like I've had terrible luck picking chickens lately. One chick run down and another hen

I just bought might be sick too. :/ Maybe not though. She's in quarantine until I'm sure. 

 

I don't think I will be getting too many more chickens any time soon but still, the question remains, how do you avoid buying sick chickens. What kind of questions should I ask when buying, what are some things that I need to keep an eye out for in order to protect my flock? 

 

Please and thank you. 

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One way around bringing home sick chickens is to only bring in day old chicks from a hatchery or reputable breeder that you brood and raise yourself.  You can never completely eradicate risk of bringing home disease but that cuts it down quite a bit.  I don't ever bring in new, adult birds at all anymore.  

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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X2! We get ours from local feed stores when they are just a couple of days old. Make sure they are active, eyes are bright and clear and that their little vents are clean and you are off to the best start you can have. Of course there is no guarantee that they will all make it, but you have a pretty good chance. Another benefit to raising them from chicks is that it is easy to get them to trust you. This makes checking them over much easier when they are grown. Raising them is really easy and fun!
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You could also try hatching your own. It's fun and you know exactly where they have been from day one.

I know a lot of people aren't allow roosters but it's not hard to find fertile eggs locally. If you can't have roosters, you can easily give them away when they are a couple months old. Just know that you will have a hard time selling them and the people who will take them for free are going to eat them more than likely.

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