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Where can I find some chickens? Atlanta, ga

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Hey all. I've spent the last two weeks with eyes glued to this forum and I'm just finishing up the last touches on my horse stall turned chicken coop. Now as I'm ready for some chickens I find that Meyers and other hatcheries arent selling any chickens until January. Craigslist seems sketchy, I don't want to start my chicken career to start off with expensive, difficult diseases and infestations.

I live in Conyers, GA, would anyone know of farms, hatcheries, anybody that I could buy good quality healthy chickens from that is driving distance or reasonably shipped? I cant get a hold of littlegem or pennysfarm. I'd prefer to find some birds that are just laying or younger and breeds like leghorns Easter eggers Cochins polish or silkies. A couple solid layers and some goofy personalities (4-6 to start with), of course I'll take most any bird at this point.

Thanks for this resource and for your help!


Edited by Words&Stuff - 12/3/11 at 8:56pm
post #2 of 12

Sorry, I can't really help you, I live in Kansas. I know there are a bunck of great people here who could help! wink

-Maren

 

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-Maren

 

He will cover you with his feathers,
  and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart
.
~Psalm 91:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~Rest in Peace, Fluffers~

 

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post #3 of 12
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Thanks anyhow. Boy do I want to see those critters clucking around here and delivering me some excellent breakfasts!

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welcome-byc

It is not a great time to find chicks because of the cold. They would have to live in your house or a heated barn for almost 2 months until they are fully feathered and have enough body mass to deal with the cold. What kind of chickens are you looking for, bantam or large fowl? Show quality or for backyard production only? How many?

I recommend getting on meetup.com and finding the Atlanta Backyard Poultry group - they are a network of Atlanta area chicken keepers and though many are not allowed roosters, some may have eggs they could hatch for you (or have their hens hatch). Ask around on that forum and they will hook you up however they're able.

On this forum, check out the GA thread in "Where am I? Where are you?" and ask around. A lot of folks aren't in Atlanta proper but are within 1-2hr drive. Also worthwhile to check in with South Carolina and Alabama threads in case someone in one of those states is hatching chicks.

Your other immediate option is to order from Ideal poultry and have chicks shipped. You'd have to order $25 (that's about a dozen chicks).

~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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post #5 of 12
An understanding wife, 3 boys, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Goats and 1 fat cat.
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An understanding wife, 3 boys, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Goats and 1 fat cat.
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post #6 of 12

Your best bet is to find someone locally, possibly off of craigslist, and go visit their farm.  Ask lots off questions.  See the conditions in which the chicks and chickens are raised in and make a decision if you want to do business or not.

An understanding wife, 3 boys, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Goats and 1 fat cat.
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post #7 of 12

I am a small hobby chicken person.. meaning I hatch like crazy, raise them for fun - selling a few here and a few there.  I have chicks, a few teenchicks (variety) and a few adults that I can sell.. I live right off I-75 but can meet you in McDonough if you need.

chicks include Welsummers, Barred Rock, Cuckoo Maran... smaller chicks (newly hatched) include Easter Eggers, Black Copper Marans and barnyard mix.

teenchicks include Barred rock, Ameracauna (although a bit attached to them), Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp

Adults - Buff Orpington (no rooster), White Leghorn (no rooster), a cute pair of bantam cochins (he is black, she is white), a pair of black polish, Barred Rock .. humm that is all I think.. jumpy

PM me if interested.. no pressure.. they are more like my pets than a means to make money (although I do sell eggs..lol)

Shelly

Loving the Southern climate with my Misc. chickens 2 Rotties, 1 rescued mutt, 8 Netherland/Mini Lop rabbits, 3 grown children, two grandsons, and a DH that loves animals as much as I do. I have BCM, RIR, Coronation sussex, BLRW, SLW, Buff, Blue, Black Splash Opringtons, and a huge mixed flock that resembles the U.N. swap page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=70350-swap-page

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Loving the Southern climate with my Misc. chickens 2 Rotties, 1 rescued mutt, 8 Netherland/Mini Lop rabbits, 3 grown children, two grandsons, and a DH that loves animals as much as I do. I have BCM, RIR, Coronation sussex, BLRW, SLW, Buff, Blue, Black Splash Opringtons, and a huge mixed flock that resembles the U.N. swap page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=70350-swap-page

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post #8 of 12

go to google and put in

The Georgia Farmer's and Consumer's Market Bulletin

It's a farm based newspaper put out by the GA Dept. of Agriculture. All ads are from GA residence and seems like 90% of the poultry ads are in the metro Atlanta area.
You should easily be able to find what you are looking for there.

~Aubrey & Aimee~

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~Aubrey & Aimee~

JOIN THE D'ANVER CLUB OF AMERICA!
Breeders Specializing in  30+ colors  quality D'Anver, 15+ colors  Bantam Phoenix,  Ohiki , 4 colors Bantam Sumatra,  Imported lines of large fowl Phoenix, Longcrower , Cayuga Ducks, 10 colors  Call Ducks. 25+ years experience  with migratory waterfowl.

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post #9 of 12

Sometimes I go on the Atlanta craigslist (under Farm and Garden).  There are usually quite a few ads for chickens on a regular basis.

Gail (in Augusta)

Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Comets, Mille Fleur Cochin Bantams,  Mille Fleurs, OEGB's, 2 cats, 3 dogs, lady gouldian finches, a canary, an African Gray,  salt water fish tank and a very patient partner!
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Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Comets, Mille Fleur Cochin Bantams,  Mille Fleurs, OEGB's, 2 cats, 3 dogs, lady gouldian finches, a canary, an African Gray,  salt water fish tank and a very patient partner!
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post #10 of 12

I've met some great folks on craigslist selling eggs and chicks, Never met a unhonest backyard chicken person.

I purchased all my chicks from all over GA. I will drive 1.5 hours for the right healthy chick. I found private breeder's that only bread the birds to the highest standards because that's there thing and I've met folks that has no clue, but doing it very well. I have 50 birds and 1 Roo, what a lucky guy. LOL.

Take a minute to talk w/ the person selling the chicks and ask them as many questions as you can, there's no such thing as a dumb question in the chicken business, although some questions got me scratching my head. You will do fine, just look before you leap and it will all work out.


Edited by just271 - 12/6/11 at 11:27am
Living off the land..... 2 RIR, 7 BO, 2 EE, 11 Leghorns, 25 Australorps....and counting!
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Living off the land..... 2 RIR, 7 BO, 2 EE, 11 Leghorns, 25 Australorps....and counting!
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