Originally Posted by guelphchick
Guelph Ontario here
I'm new here and to chickens. Planning on getting chicks and building a coop in the spring. Can't wait to have fresh eggs.
Where's the best place to get chicks? Direct from a hatchery? TSC store? I have no idea lol.
Hey also in Guelph!
I got a small coop for free for a friend and currently have 8 hens that I got through kijiji for $35 in mid November just to try it out on the cheap before buying some of the birds I really want and investing in a bigger coop. I now plan to build a new bigger coop in spring if I can wait that long. 😳
Depending on what you want TSC sells chicks, I'm told Sharpe farm supply does also and they are just outside of town.
If you get chicks next month they can be outside and laying by the end of spring when you have your coop up!
"Pullets Plus" in Elmira only seems to sell "white and brown layers" if that is what you want but I don't think they sell chicks.
I'm personally not ready to invest the time effort or money in chicks and am probably going to get some pullets from Precision Plymouth Rocks in St. Thomas Ont. this April. I really like the look of Plymouth Rocks and they have several varieties.
I'd also like to get some Easter Eggers (for the coloured eggs) and Speckled Sussex or Swedish Flower Hens because they look awesome!
I have another friend in Guelph that keeps birds and he and I will likely be placing our order for pullets (not chicks) for this spring if you are interested.
Otherwise in the spring there are farmers markets around that local breeders attend.
Nice to meet you,