I have two hens that I got from Baxter barn. No complaints other than they are extremely skittish from lack of handling. We purchased them at almost 20wks old each. We wanted pullets close to the same age as our existing flock, so we went with some of the oldest chickens they had. We needed to replace some chicks we had purchased at the Monroe co-op strait run and they both turned out to be roo's. Totally my mistake to buy a breed that can't be easily sexed. I knew it was 50/50 chance to get a roo or two. Baxter barn does not sell strait run chicks. Their chickens are all sold sexed. This is a good thing if you're like me and can't have a roo in city limits. They require an appointment to buy chickens and they ask that you not wear your poop shoes (farm shoes) to their business. Makes sense to me.
You can go to their Facebook page for a list of chickens they have in the barn with prices. Chicks are priced comparably to other places and hens are priced based on breed and age. Pretty comparable to other places.They also sell chickens year round. I asked about either houdans or polish and the owner was strait up with me, they don't sell them because they can't be easily sexed. I liked his honesty. He recommended a spitzhauben if I was dead set on a crested chicken. We got a spitzhauben and a barnevelder. We paid about $30 each, not bad for hens just about old enough to lay. Happy with both girls, the Barney laid her first chocolate egg today
both meet or exceed breed standards, not that I care but it's cool. The two chickens I got at Monroe co-op were chicks so it wasn't until they were full grown before we realized the "mottled houdan" was actually a white crested black polish or polish mix, it was missing the 5th toe. It can happen from anywhere you buy chickens.
Baxter barn was pretty strait forward about not integrating your new chickens with your existing flock. I don't feel like they were trying to scare us into buying stuff we didn't need. He basically told us the same information we hear anywhere. Don't throw new chickens in with your existing flock and try to feed them the same food they already are eating to avoid stressing them out. Think about how many people are showing up to buy chickens that don't do the research first, then get upset because they get sick or die.
I'm ready for some colored egg layers, so I may make the trip back to Baxter soon for a couple easter-eggers.