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So I'm new to this whole chicken thing and have been doing a lot of research.  I'm getting close to the point where I am ready to buy and have been researching prices.  I am interested in White Leghorns and Red Stars for their excellent egg production abilities and that way I can get some brown and white eggs.  I wanted to purchase ones that are almost ready to lay, and have been looking at Murry and McMurry.  The prices are good but shipping is crazy!  about $108 for 8 birds but shipping was $165! Wowzers!  Anyone have any hits or good places to get some reasonable prices, or is this what I am in for.  Since I was looking for these types of birds I feel like I am narrowing my options?

Thanks,
Matt

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Check the chickenstock page on here for swaps in your area, you will usually find your best options/prices there you can also try your local craigslist!!  $12-15 for 4-6 mos is the norm in my area, ne fl  but each area is different.  I know I've read on here of folks having a hard time getting $5 each in some places.

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Check the local paper CL and feed store boards, I got pullets for $6 a piece. Good luck you might have to look for while since you have breeds picked out I just got what the farmer had.

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a very loving and patient  husband  4 kids 2 daughter 2 sons 2 granddaughters 6 dogs, 6 cats, 1 ferret,
3 bantams 2 Plymouth barred rock. 2  buffs 1 Red star sex links , 1 black star sex links, 2 Australops, 1 Very sweet bantam rooster. 2 barnyard mix hens                                           
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I got some redstar local for 6$. A friend and I got 35, but they didnt charge that much more for small orders.

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Agreed.  Don't like started pullets with beaks cut, which most hatcheries do!

I sell  started pullets, and I am not alone.  Many folks do.  Check Craigslist, and check here, under sales.  Send me a PM if you're close to Northern Michigan. big_smile

 

 

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So i forgot to mention that I have been looking on craigslist and haven't found anything.  ( I'm about 45 mins north of Blatimore, MD).  The only thing I did find is Moyers Hatchery ( a 2 hour drive), but their started pullets have their beaks trimmed!! Why is this done?  Prevent pecking each other?  I'm guessing McMurry does the same thing.  Maybe I should just try to find a more mainstream RIR.  I did search the lancaster PA craigslist and found some started leghorns from a farmer.  Maybe I'm too picky to get what I want.

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We have a state agricultural paper that is loaded with started pullets and any other farm related stuff that comes out every 2 weeks. Maybe your state has one like that or neighboring states, even.

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Originally Posted by mchandler 

So i forgot to mention that I have been looking on craigslist and haven't found anything.  ( I'm about 45 mins north of Blatimore, MD).  The only thing I did find is Moyers Hatchery ( a 2 hour drive), but their started pullets have their beaks trimmed!! Why is this done?  Prevent pecking each other?  I'm guessing McMurry does the same thing.  Maybe I should just try to find a more mainstream RIR.  I did search the lancaster PA craigslist and found some started leghorns from a farmer.  Maybe I'm too picky to get what I want.


You are right that Moyer clips beaks like most (if not all) hatcheries that sell point of lay pullets.  I did have their red sexlinks a few years ago and they were very good birds.  I had eggs a week after I picked them up.  Except for the beaks, they are a great place to buy started birds.

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