Almost ready for chickens!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cargo, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Well the coop is almost ready. Pics to come soon.
    Now I need to find 4 adult laying hens.

    Adults because I really do not want to spend a bunch of money on brooding stuff.

    We are limited to 4 by city ordinance.

    So the question is where can I get some hens?

    We live in Central Oregon BTW.
    Would prefer RIR though any cold hardy birds would do.
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    You might check on Craigslist for your area - many folks wish to sell them this time of year so they don't have to care for them through the winter. Or, check at your local feed store - they typically know local breeders.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Wish you were close, I'd sell you some.

    As said, try craig's list or go to the Oregon thread and see if someone there has some extra birds.
  4. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Post An Ad On Cl That You Are Looking For Hens, Some One Will Respond.
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    You could check out Craig's list for your area, although I think the suggestion of posting an ad about what you would like might be even better. You might check the Oregon thread, or go to the Urban Farm Store Portland home page and to the links page after that. I think that you might find some helpful info---there are periodic auctions. I'm not sure about your area, but I was directed to one in Vancouver recently, and was told there used to be one in the Canby area. (I live south of Portland). Good luck!
  6. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    some people will give you excess hens for free or for trade for food or something
  7. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Here is what I would try
    1. Craigs list.
    2. Feed store, workers may know someone plus bulletin board.
    3. Nickel savers adds
    4. Check your states thread at where I am where are you. This would be your best bet even if you have to travel. Try to get POL (point of lay) pullets. With any of the other options 1,2,3 you might be sold some older hens on the decline cause it hard to tell the difference. Good luck with the search.
    P.S post pics of coop
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Google to see if there are any local poultry groups in your area. Check your local 4-H to see if there are any kids with chickens available from their breeding programs.
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    What is this having everything ready BEFORE you buy the chickens? This is such a strange thought! [​IMG] I have to agree with all of the suggestions on here. I would like to suggest that where ever you get your hens, try to get all four from the same place. That way you won't have to go and do the whole quarantine route. I hope you have as much fun with your hens as I have had with my chicks this year. Never owned chickens before this year and was so surprised at how addicting they can be! [​IMG]

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