I'm still in the process of getting my coop and run set up, but once I do: can anyone recommend a good place to buy pullets in Massachusetts? The local Agways, and Erickson's Feed (Acton) only sell day old chicks and aren't even selling those at this time of year. I live in Lexington but I'm willing to travel a bit.
I will be looking for four pullets and my main concerns are getting a cold hardy breed that lays decently and is fairly docile. I was thinking of two Orpingtons and two Australorps. There are a number of ads on Craigslist but I'm a novice and don't know what the chances of getting birds that are diseased or have parasites?