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Should i start my flock as day old chickens or should i start with a few mature birds.

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Hi All, 

My coop and run should be ready in about 3 weeks so I'm wondering if I should buy all day old chicks or if i should start with a few mature birds and then add a few young ones? 

 

Any help is appreciated! 

 

Jon 

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Hi All, 
My coop and run should be ready in about 3 weeks so I'm wondering if I should buy all day old chicks or if i should start with a few mature birds and then add a few young ones? 

Any help is appreciated! 

Jon 
Depends. . Some times you can find 6 month pullets reasonable. . If there too expensive. . Buying chicks is good too. Buying chicks gives you more breed options.. but you'll have to wait 6 months for eggs..
I wouldn't by older hens.. too many people lie say there a year old..when there 2 or older. Pullets you should be able to tell.
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The learning curve is more gentle with pullets, as opposed to chicks (and less demanding). As Rod-T suggests, getting a hold of point-of-lay pullets (those that are almost at laying age - say 4-6 months) is a great option, rather than buying hens that are already laying (since its difficult to tell exactly how old they are). 

 

You'll soon want more chickens, and after a while building up your experience with the pullets, it will make the move to raising chicks that much easier and successful.

 

Cheers

CT

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