have you considered getting birds from a breeder?...they have NON- show types all the time...great opportunity to get a well bred SOP bird, depending on what types you are looking for, their are breeders of every bird imaginable.....not to knock hatchery birds at all...just throwing another avenue out there for ya.
Hello all...................saw this article about the avian flu in Idaho...............thought I would post the link.
nothing in the eastern migratory flyway at this point.
I also dont know what the small backyard chicken flock owner is to do except hope is does not some to our neighborhood.............
been getting updates multiple times a week on this from PA-Ag (Nan Hanshaw)...bio-security is still the number 1 way to help avoid this scenario, and keeping wild birds away from your own flock is also a great concern.
Thanks. I was thinking of trying to find someone close in PA. I am a little reluctant to order chicks and have them shipped. I also don't necessarily want an abundance of chicks. I am establishing my flock this year, but was thinking I would probably want to add a few layers each year to keep a consistent egg flow, yes?
I bought mine from Rural King in St. Clairsville, OH this year and I have had excellent luck as far as survival.
I'm also giving consideration to raising a few Cornish Xs for meat. I'm not yet ready to do that though.
they are excellent!! We raised Cornish X's last year...they were great natured and with proper animal-husbandry..they do NOT have the issues some speak of...treat them like any other chicken..besides the protein content in their feed, and they will be ready to process @ 8 weeks!!..we will be raising them again this year.