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ok - how do I deal with this mess?

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I am a new member - I was planning to join eventually but decided to speed things up based on my current dilemma. I'll try to make this short - A friend bought 8 chicks on March 26 for her brother and his wife, because they talked about getting chickens. She bought them at the Tractor Supply Store. After 6 weeks, one got out of the yard, a neighbor complained, there was a big argument - result - my husband offered to take them - even though we are city folk and know nothing about chickens. Anyway, we quickly built a coop, feed, etc. 2 weeks later, we are getting attached to these crazy things - they make us laugh.  We have 2 bantams (male and female) 4 hens and 2 roosters.  Today, I went back to Tractor supply and met their chicken expert - I was wondering when they start to lay.  I told her my friend bought them there and was told they were Cornish.  The chicken lady said  - "those are meat birds not egg layers - whoever was here that night messed up and sold your friend meat birds. They should have been butchered by now it is cruel to keep them alive."  I was in shock.  She said "are they fat with huge feet?" - I said the roosters are - she told me to get rid of them.  I'm heartbroken and angry.  Why would tractor supply store allow someone to sell meat birds to a person who clearly wanted layers. We've invested time and money so I don't want to write them all off. They also sold leghorns - how can I tell what they are ? Am I being cruel keeping them alive? I need advice badly. 

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Got any pictures.? . Probably not meatbirds.. certainly not the bantys right?..
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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join us here! I'm sorry to hear it's been a mess with your new chicken adventures. I've just been reading your other thread and Sourland left you some great advice with I totally agree with. Good luck with your new birds I hope you can keep your Cornish as comfortable as possible fl.gif
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Have been hearing a lot of major complaints about them - don't think I would ever recommend buying chicks from them.

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #6 of 6
If you post pictures. .we might be able to help
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