Originally Posted by tamiadele
I'm in Gurnee! I don't have chickens yet, but we're looking for land in the Wadsworth area and looking into laws regarding chickens. Lake County allows them, but I don't know if wadsworth/gurnee has separate regulations. Anyone know? Also, where have you had success buying chickens from?
I did not see either town listed in https://www.municode.com/library/IL , so that was a bust. If you're in a rural area, then the county codes usually apply. If you want to guarantee no problems in the future, try asking at the town's offices. Now is best BEFORE you invest in anything.
As far as getting chicks/hatching eggs, chicken people tend to flock together. When you're ready for chickens, there are plenty of people here who may have the breed(s) you want..... and we like to share our "addiction." (The Indiana BYC thread also has some great people.) I found that getting eggs/chicks directly = better quality & health.(a little more work or driving involved) In the spring most feed stores sell chicks. Those are from hatcheries & a very inexpensive & easy way to get chicks. I also know people who order chicks & have them shipped. It's more expensive (unless you're buying a lot), but they make it easy for vaccines & you can select from a big variety of breeds.
So now comes the fun part of researching breeds. Think about what your main goals are.... highest egg yield, calm/docile temperament, alert to predators for free ranging, appearance, size, etc. and then have fun researching. When you have some ideas about what you want, ask around to see what other people who own them think.
My fav are the orpingtons. Big, beautiful, friendly, cuddly, etc. They're good layers (not excellent) and because of their size, they eat more. Mine are like trained puppies who like to jump in my lap for snuggles. I even taught a few to do card tricks. I sell chicks from time to time when my daughter has some type of hatching project. My current chicks are already spoken for.