A site that you can order just a few chicks instead of the standard minimum of fifteen in the spring

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by trixiecheeto, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. trixiecheeto

    trixiecheeto Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2015
    I just want a few Easter Eggers in the spring. I don't want to be overwhelmed with a lot of chicks. Also, does anybody know of a trick to keep chickens laying in the winter? Mine are on laying feed, whole corn, oats, and oyster shells and their egg production has severely declined. Any help would be greatly appreciate on both subjects. Thanks so much!
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Ideal Poultry has no minimum from what I remember or My Pet Chicken. The trick to keeping them laying is to have light on them - a lite bulb - 14 hours a day
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If you can't find a hatchery that will sell a small minimum, you might try going in on an order with a friend. Also, once you have 20 posts, you can use the buy-sell-trade forum here on BYC and maybe pick up a few that way:

    Molting and shorter daylight hours are pretty common reasons for a drop in egg production during the winter months. The days are getting longer now so you could well see an increase soon. Here's a good post on why chickens don't lay:

    Good luck and thanks for joining us!
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Put "hatchery with no minimum" in the search bar at the top of the page and you'll get all kinds of info.

    Declining day length tells all animals not to reproduce. Increasing day length is a signal to reproduce.
    Chickens will also molt their second and each subsequent autumn. (sometimes the first) They won't lay at all during that time. Some will resume laying after they recover from growing feathers and rejuvenating their reproductive tract. Others will wait till after the winter solstice, like now. You can start increasing light after they grow new feathers to jump start that but they still need a break.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Another possible solution is to order the minimum hatchery order of all pullets. Since you will have the order form showing that your order is all pullets, you shouldn't have any trouble selling off the extra chicks and recouping your money. Also, if you want a cockerel, since most hatcheries only guarantee 90% accuracy on sexed orders, you will likely get a cockerel or two in the order anyway. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  7. sew0913

    sew0913 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2014
    NE Ohio
    Hi there and welcome!!

    I get my chicks from Meyer Hatchery in Polk, Ohio. After March 31st, the minimum is only three. I've had great luck with them (although I've never had chicks shipped... I pick them up).

    Re: egg-laying in the winter... extra light is known to work. Although, I feel the girls deserve their winter break from daily laying. They work so hard for us most of the year... I'm ok with them 'slacking off' for a few months. :)

    Keep us posted on what you end up with!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I know My Pet Chicken will sell as few as 3 (unless they are bantams)
  9. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2013
    North Mississippi
    also you might want to see if there is a local tractor supply or farm supply store. you can buy chicks local without shipping cost though breed choices may be slim. if nothing else watch your local cragslist and facebook trading groups after easter. i always seem to end up adopting unwanted easter chicks......(censored)
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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