17-week pullets

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by dachick, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. dachick

    dachick Hatching

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hello Chicken Family [​IMG] !

    I am new to this website and raising chicken alltogether! I have read a few documents and books and I am gearing up to get my first egg laying chicken order placed. However, I wanted to start with 17-week pullets instead of baby chicks.

    I am going with the White Leghorn pullets. I have looked around and noticed that the price for the started pullets vary from 5.75 to more than 10 dollars :eek: . Are these the best prices that I can get? I was hoping for something a bit less expensive and was thinking about buying 1000 of them.

    Anyone knows any good hatcheries with a great price for started (17-week old) white leghorn pullets?

    Any comments, suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!

  2. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    i paid 12 bucks for my year old dark brahma, 12 for my year old ee, and 10 for my rir(recently deceased) i have 2 black sexed links and 1 production red that are about 13-14 wks old i bought for 2.50ea...im curious if they are more docile if raised from chicks, which im pretty sure they'll be...but all in all, a big time saver and eggs almost immediately is a definate upside...and im sure in that time span they eat more than 12 bucks worth of food. if ur going to get only a few hens, i would go with the pullets.
    hope this helps,
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    If you are going to order started pullets from a hatchery, be aware that they will probably have their beaks trimmed.

    Also check the shipping charges. They can add up to a lot of money. You would need to call the different hatcheries and see if they will work out a deal with you on that many head.

    1000 is a lot of Leghorn hens. I hope you have a place to sell all those white eggs.

  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Murray McMurray sells them but they do trim thier beaks. I think you would do better costs wise to just order babies. 17 weeks is not that long.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2008
  5. dachick

    dachick Hatching

    Mar 31, 2008
    Thanks for the advice guys. Indeed, I checked with a few places and the shipping prices are indeed pretty hefty :eek: ! Almost as expensive as a chicken!

    This being my first flock, I am a little scared of messing up and having all of them dead :| . I thought that 17-week pullets would be easier to manage. But with those prices, I dont think I have a choice [​IMG] .

    Thanks a lot and if you have more suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment.
  6. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Chicks are really easy and may be a good idea to start with, lets say 50. Get them raised and laying and then get more. That way you can judge the amount of work it will be in a more realistic number.
  7. you could order a free catalog from mcmurrayhatchery.com and check teher prices on started chickens and chicks..
    i bought a black austraorp roosters for $40 last week but that isnt a barnyard rooster thats one that i showand use for breeding.. perices like that u dont even want to take them out of the barn.. lol
  8. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    Hey...that's nothing ($). Look into the shipping cost! It's more than the cost of the birds. And...most hatcheries sell 17 week pullets that have been de-beaked on the top beak (to prevent pecking). This makes them look freakish.
  9. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    Wow, 1,000 leghorn pullets is quite a start.

    You might see if there are any hatcheries within driving distance. We have a couple of small hatcheries that deal in numbers like that for the commerical production chicken farms.

    They might give you a better price on 1,000 and you'd save on shipping.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, if you think you got all the chicks in a row to get 1000 of them at once, I think you'll be able to get a good discount from a major hatchery. With numbers that large, you'll have to practice good flock management and keep a good eye out for picking and such. Point of lay pullets out here are going for between 10-25 each. I just rehomed 4 for 15 each.

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